The initials RSVP (also seen written as R.S.V.P.) stand for the French phrase “respondez s’il vous plait” meaning “please reply.” In most cases, you will provide a telephone number for R.s.v.p. purposes. You may, as the situation warrants, provide a RSVP card that allows you to maintain a written record of responses. An RSVP card is especially useful when you invite guests from outside the local area. The RSVP will aid in seating, head-count for caterer, name tags, and meal choices.
- When you receive an invitation, make every attempt to respond within 3 days of receiving the invitation.
- To not RSVP at all is extremely rude.
Sometimes invitations may have the phrase “RSVP, regrets only,” or simply “Regrets only,” is a popular modern variation on the formal RSVP. The intention is to say “you need reply only if you are going to decline” with the effect “if you do not reply, that will be taken as an acceptance.” More specifically, if most invitations can be assumed to be accepted, a “regrets only” RSVP will reduce the communication required by both host and guests.