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RSVP Etiquette | Dear Party Guest, Here are the 3 reasons why you need to RSVP

RSVP Etiquette

3 Reasons why you need to RSVP

YAY! You’ve just been invited to a party! You see those four capital letters near the bottom of your invitation? That’s your RSVP and that’s important. RSVP stands for répondez, s’il vous plaît, a French phrase that translates to “respond, please.” (It is for this reason that the request is written simply as RSVP, as opposed to “Please RSVP,” since the latter is redundant given the meaning of the acronym.) Ideally, responding to an RSVP should be a standard practice among all party guests; sadly, though, this isn’t the case. Many party guests expect their hosts to be psychic, as if hosting a party automatically gives them the power to know who’ll be going or not. If you are invited to a party that asks for an RSVP, please don’t forget to RSVP. It’ll not only do your host a favor, but it’ll also ensure that you have a good time at that party you’ve been invited to as well. Here are three good reasons why you need to RSVP:

1. If you want to eat at the party, RSVP.

The RSVP exists to give the host an idea of how many people to expect and prepare for. Planning a party requires a lot of coordination and expense, so knowing how many people will attend is crucial for proper preparation. One of the biggest preparations a party host will have to make is food. Whether dinner will be served plated or buffet-style, an accurate headcount is needed so the host can prepare enough food for everyone. If you decide to attend the party without an RSVP, don’t be surprised if you end up starving the night away!

2. If you want a place to sit, RSVP.

For more formal events like weddings, your host may even take some time out of their already busy schedule to figure out where to sit you. Seating arrangements are a tricky task, and your host is already doing his or her best to satisfy a multitude of people, you included. By sending an RSVP promptly, your host will be able to sit you with people whose company you’d enjoy. Since they know that you will be attending, they can assign a seat for you with your mutual friends. If you don’t RSVP, don’t be surprised if you end up crouching at the children’s table or enduring the chatter of your host’s endlessly nosy titas and lolas – or worse, standing for the rest of the evening because there just aren’t seats for all of you who forgot to RSVP!

3. If you want to make your host happy, please RSVP.

On top of the challenges of planning and coordinating an event, there’s also worrying about how many guests will actually show up for the event itself. This leaves the party host more frazzled than he or she already is. How many people are attending and who exactly these people are impact many party-related decisions. Do your host a favor and RSVP. Acknowledging an RSVP is the polite thing to do. Your host made an effort to invite you to a party they’re putting a lot of effort in planning, so the least you can do is lessen their stress by letting them know if you’ll be there or not. Don’t worry if you’re responding to tell them that you can’t make it! A certain response, whether positive or negative, is so much better than no response at all.


Written by: Trisha D



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