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Do you understand what RSVP means?

If you receive an invitation and it has RSVP on it, are you supposed to reply only if you're not coming?


Asked by SweetLuci at 8:43 AM on Nov. 2, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • From a site defining it: The term "RSVP" on an invitation is an acronym, or more accurately, an initialism, for a French phrase, repondez s'il vous plait, meaning "respond if you please." It is a polite way of requesting a response to the invitation, not a suggestion to the invited guest to respond if he or she feels like it. Some invitations stamped RSVP include a RSVP card and an envelope to make responding even easier. The phrase "response requested," which means essentially the same thing, may also be used.

    Yes, you should respond whether you ARE attending (many want to know how many are attending too) or NOT. It's very difficult to prepare for parties, weddings, showers, etc. if you have no idea how many people are coming.

    Answer by pam19 at 8:48 AM on Nov. 2, 2010

  • You should reply either way. Sometimes people will put "regrets only" and then you reply only if you cannot make it.

    Answer by elizabr at 8:45 AM on Nov. 2, 2010

  • It literally means "respond please"

    Answer by elizabr at 8:46 AM on Nov. 2, 2010

  • It's only common courtesy to respond to an RSVP, I don't know why more people don't do so. We have large Halloween parties every year and have gone so far as to include an email address and a text number to respond to as well as the regular phone number, yet we still get a small handful of responses and tons of kids showing up.


    Answer by scout_mom at 9:09 AM on Nov. 2, 2010

  • To my understanding your supposed to reply either way.

    Answer by momofone221 at 8:46 AM on Nov. 2, 2010

  • To RSVP is to reply whether you are or aren't coming. You should always reply either way.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 9:29 AM on Nov. 2, 2010

  • You shouldd let them know either way

    Answer by AprylnAtticus at 12:00 PM on Nov. 2, 2010

  • Some invitations will mark "regrets only" otherwise you're considered to be going. But unless it specifies, then you should RSVP either way to let the other person know.

    Answer by SweetPieMama24 at 8:45 AM on Nov. 2, 2010

  • haha elizabr we answered at the same exact time with the same response! LOL

    Answer by SweetPieMama24 at 8:46 AM on Nov. 2, 2010

  • crazy.............;)

    Answer by elizabr at 8:47 AM on Nov. 2, 2010

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