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RSVP Etiquette 2017: Facts and Tips in Responding to Invitations

You landed on this page probably because you have received an invitation to a christening, dinner party, wedding or other occasions which included as RSVP request. Is this your first time receiving an RSVP request and you don’t have a clue how to proceed? A wedding, dinner party or any other special event requiring planning based on the number of attendees, it needs a RSVP request to be included in the invitation. As the person being invited, the proper etiquette is sending it back with an acceptance or decline response 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 for RSVP allow the host or hostess to be aware if the invited guests will be able to attend the event or not. If you happen to receive one, just read the invitation and find out how you can 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. There are many formal invitations with RSVP requests that include a telephone number or email address of the sender with reply instructions. With the digital age we have today, electronic RSVP requests are becoming increasingly popular, and a host can design their own save the date. Using the electronic method, the person invited may receive a text or email with instructions to visit a site or email back where you can just click the “accept” or “decline” button. It is really much easier and faster to use electronic methods, 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. If you already stated that you will be there in the event, then you are obliged to go because it is a bad or rude manner canceling or changing an RSVP. When it comes to bringing guests, there might be a blank area to write how many guests you’ll be bringing with you, but be sure to check the limit or instructions first.