5 Key Takeaways on the Road to Dominating Invitations

5 Key Takeaways on the Road to Dominating Invitations

RSVP Etiquette 2017: Facts and Tips in Responding 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. Maybe it’s your first time receiving one and you have no clue of what it means and what you need to do. When a person set a special event requiring planning based on the attendees, the usual thing to do is to include in the invitation a request for RSVP. 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. Non-response will make it harder for the host to plan and to keep you off from the future guests lists.

The abbreviation RSVP refers to the French Phrase respondez s’il vous plait”, which means to “please respond”. Whatever occasion it is, responding promptly will enable the host to plan on the number of plates, amount of food, drinks and other important things needed for the event without ordering on excess. 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. Usually, formal invitations include a small card that just needs to be filled out by the invited guest and it is mailed back to the sender in the enclosed envelope. Formal invitations with RSVP request may also include an email address or telephone number with reply steps. Today, with the advent of modern digital technology you can create your own RSVP request and design your own save the date electronically. With the use of electronic method, the invitee will receive either a text or an email with the steps such as visiting a site or emailing back where you can just click the “accept” or “decline” button. This method saves a lot of money and time for the host and you won’t have to worry mailing it back.

Some formal invitations have RSVP “regrets only”, this means that if you are unable to attend the event, you need to inform the host using the instructions given, and failure to respond means you will be attending the party. For etiquette reasons, it is not good changing or canceling an RSVP that you already accepted or stated you will be attending because it’s really rude or bad canceling or changing an RSVP unless if you really have a valid reason for doing so like sickness of death in the family. When it comes to bringing guests with you, read the instructions as to how many guests are you allowed to bring and there will be an indicated area to put it down.

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