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How To R.S.V.P., The Right Way

R.S.V.P. means “please reply” and is commonly used in French and English to invite someone to an event or a gathering. The abbreviation stands for the French phrase, ‘Répondez S’il Vous Plaît’, which translates “if you please”. 

Nowadays, responding by phone or email is very common. However, a written note is a more polite way to respond properly. So, let’s see how we can use proper etiquette to respond to an invitation that requests R.S.V.P.

Reply in a timely manner

  • Respond to an invitation in a reasonable timeframe so that your RSVP does not inconvenience the host in any way.
  • When you receive an invitation, it is usually appropriate to RSVP within 3-5 days.
  • Personalize your reply by expressing your interest in attending the event.
  • If you can’t attend, let your host know more than a day in advance.

Knowing the right ways of writing an R.S.V.P will help you plan any party, gathering, or occasion you want people to attend.

Writting an R.S.V.P. inivitation

  • R.S.V.P for formal announcements and invitations should be engraved or printed, while informal letter writing is optional. Both standard methods use periods after each letter, though it’s often dropped in handwriting.
  • Once you decide on all your invitation wording, add the reminder to the bottom of the invitations such as “R.S.V.P by March 20, 2022.” Conclude with your courtesy closing such as “Sincerely” or “Best Regards” more formally.
  • When sending invitations far in advance, always include a polite reminder about RSVP details and provide the alternate contact number or email if they need to reach you.


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