R-S-V-P. We’ve all heard it, in fact, we’ve probably all done it. We see it at the bottom of our invitations and we know what to do – but what does it really mean? The acronym actually stands for répondez s’il vous plaît, and means “reply please” or “please respond” in French.
If you receive an invitation that asks you to kindly répondez s’il vous plaît - then you should always do so. There is usually a contact listed for the R.S.V.P. and you let your host know if you will be attending by contacting them via the method listed on the invite.
It may seem obvious, but you would be surprised how many people don’t follow common courtesy and R.S.V.P. First off, the host needs to know how many people they are accommodating – if you don’t R.S.V.P – then they can’t get an accurate count. If you force the host to get in touch with you to confirm, you’re adding to their list of things they need to do. If you don’t R.S.V.P. and show up anyway – well that’s just plain rude.
It seems like a basic thing to do but some people take it for granted. Consider your host – they are putting an event to together and are coordinating lots of people. All you have to do is show up, have fun and R.S.V.P. s’il vous plaît. It’s the first step in being a gracious guest.