All of us have at some point been invited to an event and were asked to RSVP. For some of us this is a no-brainer for others the RSVP is largely ignored. RSVP stands for "Répondez s'il vous plaît", a French phrase that translates to "please respond" or "respond if you'd please".
You must RSVP whether or not you are planning to attend the event. This helps the host ensure that there is enough food, drinks, seating, favors, etc. It is also to reassure the host that you actually received the invitation.
There is etiquette involved in responding to an invitation. First RSVP by the requested date. It is just common courtesy. Second, follow the RSVP instructions. If the invitation is emailed or sent via Evite.com respond through this particular channel. If the invitation includes a response card with a self addressed envelope – mail the RSVP. Do not call to RSVP unless it is requested by the host. Third, please only RSVP for the number of guests indicated on the invitation. That means do not write the names of additional people on the RSVP or don’t bring your best friend if your spouse or partner are invited but can’t attend. Last but not not least, don’t bring children if children are not mentioned on the invitation.
Keep these tips in mind the next time you are invited to an event. Your host will thank you for it!
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