Friday, February 17, 2012
R.S.V.P. stands for a French phrase: "répondez, s'il vous plaît," which means "please reply." We have also translated it to mean: "Reserve So Very Promptly." The person sending the invitation would like you to tell him or her whether you accept or decline the invitation. That is, will you be coming to the event or not? Some think that it just means reply if you are coming. If you're not then no need to let the person(s) know at all. I am a planner! There is very little that I do spur of the moment. Since I am a planner and the thing planned requires others to attend, you can rest sure that invites have gone out in advance. This has given the recipient enough time to check his/her calendars, ponder the invite, and reply to YES, I(we) will be attending or No, I(we) will not be attending. To R.S.V.P. to something does not take an act of congress and SHOULD be followed with your acceptance or regret of the invite. Etiquette rules followed in most Western cultures require that if you receive an invitation, you should reply promptly, perhaps that same day. There is NO excuse not to "répondez, s'il vous plaît," "Please Reply" or "Respond So Very Promptly" or "R.S.V.P." Someone chose to invite you to something with the understanding that it may be possible that you cannot attend but nevertheless they chose to invite you. The least you can do is respond. NOW, if you responded saying YES, I(we) will be attending, and on the day of the event unplanned circumstances prevent you from attending, then as quickly as possible, notice should be given to the person that sent you the invite, informing them that because of the unforseen circumstance you were not able to make it. It just lets them know that all is well with you other than "life happening!" BUT, MOST OF ALL, just R.S.V.P. to the invite!
Posted by Eric at 10:50 AM