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RSVP Etiquette 2017: How to Best Respond to Invitations

You have landed on this web page because you probably have received an invitation that included a birthday party, dinner party, wedding, christening or other occasions which included as RSVP request. If yes, then you ay not be fully aware of what it means and what you need to do. If you are planning to held a special event like a dinner party or your child’s christening and your plan will be based on the number of attendees, then you need to include a RSVP request with your invitation. If you receive an invitation with a RSVP request, the most important thing you need to do is to respond quickly as soon as you know whether you can attend or not. If a person invited won’t respond to a RSVP request, it will be hard for the host to manage the event and to keep you off from the future guest’s lists.

RSVP is a French phrase “respondez s’il vous plait”, which means to “please respond”. To show your etiquette, it is important to respond I a timely manner as soon as possible so the host can plan the number of food, beverages, plates, souvenirs and other important items needed for the event. Invitations requesting a RSVP will let the sender know if the invited guest will attend the event or not. If you receive a RSVP, all you need to do is to first read it and check the instruction on how to go about it. More often, formal invitations have a small card included in it that will just be filled out and mailed back in the enclosed envelope. reply instructions are included and many formal invitations with RSVP requests include a telephone number or email address of the sender. Today, with the advent of modern digital technology you can create your own RSVP request and design your own save the date electronically. With this method, you may receive a texted or emailed invitation with instructions to visit a site or email back where you can just click the “accept” or “decline” button. Electronic methods are faster and easier, saving so much time and money for the sender and you won’t have to worry mailing it back.

For invitations with RSVP “regrets only“, an invitee who cannot attend the party should notify the host using the included instructions, otherwise failure to respond means that the person invited will attend the event. You have to remember that as an etiquette, you are obliged to attend the party if you already accepted or stated you will be there because it’s really rude or bad canceling or changing a RSVP unless if you really have a valid reason for doing so like sickness of death in the family. In terms of bringing guests, there will also be instructions as to how many guests are you allowed to bring.

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