R.S.V.P. stands for a French phrase, "répondez, s'il vous plaît," which means "please reply." The person sending the invitation would like you to tell him or her whether you accept or decline the invitation. That is, will you be coming to the event or not? Etiquette rules followed in most Western cultures require that if you receive a formal, written invitation, you should reply promptly, perhaps that same day. For hosts who are planning a dinner party, a wedding or a reception, this is important from a practical point of view, because they need to know how many people to count on and how much food and drink to buy. More important, though, is the simple courtesy of responding to someone who was nice enough to invite you, even if it is to say that you regret that you will not be able to attend.
WHEN YOU RECEIVE AN INVITATION, DO YOU RSVP? IF YOU DON'T, WHY NOT? I AM HAVING A REALLY HARD TIME UNDERSTANDING WHY SO MANY PEOPLE CHOOSE TO SIMPLY IGNORE INVITATIONS. HOW CAN SOMEONE PLAN A PARTY WITHOUT KNOWING HOW MANY WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE? HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO JUST SAY, THANKS FOR THE INVITE BUT WE HAVE PLANS THAT DAY? WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHO DON'T RESPOND BUT SHOW UP ANYWAY? WHAT ARE THEY THINKING? WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO CONSIDERATION, GOOD MANNERS, COMMON COURTESY AND PROPER ETIQUETTE?
Answer by Razelda at 6:57 AM on May. 17, 2011
Answer by Octobersmom at 7:12 AM on May. 17, 2011
We have never got formal invitations with RSVP on it. But if I did. I would call or right the person and tell them yes or no to the gathering.
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