Party invitations usually sport this seemingly cryptic code: RSVP. Actually, RSVP is an acronym, and it’s French. Here’s the actual phrase.
"Repondez s'il vous plait."
What does RSVP even mean?
It means, “Respond, if you please.” In modern vernacular, it might be better translated this way: "Hey, are you coming, or not?"
Party hosts often add this traditional tagline to printed, posted or emailed invitations. Even online event invitations, such as those posted on Facebook and similar social networking sites, may ask guests for replies.
It’s all about poise and planning.
RSVPs are the stuff of Birthday party basics and proper protocol for invitation-only parties of all kinds. Unless an invitation clearly asks for “regrets only,” a courteous and considerate guest will respond..
Why are RSVP’s so important?
Here’s the whole story:
RSVP means respect.
So send a note. Make a call. Zip out an email. Or simply text the party host. RSVPs today are entirely too simple to overlook. And party hosts want to know how many plates to put out.
Read more about it: Party etiquette: RSVP spells respect
Invitation with RSVP card