On RSVP-ing

RSVP is a french word which means ‘respondez s’il vous plait’. I am hosting a party and I e-invite 15 of my friends for a get together at my place.  I do, politely ask them to RSVP because it helps me answer my shopping puzzles.

How much food to order-in? How many beers to Call? Napkins, Disposable Glasses/Plates etc.

RSVP is responding to people who have invited you and telling them whether or not you can make it.

Planning a party can be tough. Though it becomes a little easy if you know, what percentage of your guest list is going to make it. So to help your people in this, we must RSVP to all invites that we receive.

How to RSVP?

Take your cue from the invitation

If you received your invitation by email, then an emailed response is acceptable. If the invitation is to a wedding and includes an enclosed card, then send your response by mail. You can judge the required response by the formality of the invitation itself.

Respond in a timely fashion

Generally it is best to reply as soon as possible. For written invitations responses are made within several days of receiving the invitation. For in-person or phoned invitations, you may provide your response when asked or await until you have checked your schedule. Simply let the person know that you will call as soon as possible.

Reply even if you have a potential conflict

If you would like to accept an invitation to an informal or casual event but have a tentative conflict, contact the host or hostess to explain the problem. If the event is formal, however, your delay might inconvenience the host, so it’s best to decline the invitation.

When replies aren’t requested

If the invitation does not specifically request that you RSVP, then a response is not necessary. However, it is always polite to notify the host when you cannot attend.  A phone call will usually suffice, though you might send a personal note or an email.


Rushabh Thakker | TheFineMen



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