Simple Parent Tips – The Meaning of RSVP
Last week I received an invitation through the mail to a retirement party for a friend. At the end of the invitation was printed, “Please RSVP with the number attending by May 16.” In this day of email invitations, the use of RSVP is seen less and less. However, I think it is important for children and teenagers to understand the etiquette and meaning behind RSVP.
RSVP, which is French, translates to repondez s’il vous plait or in plain old English, please let me know if you are coming.
Responding to RSVP is a simple courtesy often forgotten. Most of the time you can respond to an RSVP request through a phone call or email. However, with formal invitations, such as weddings, the response is generally in the form of a response card.
When you take the time to tell the host you are coming, you give her the opportunity to plan the event much more easily and efficiently. Informing the host allows her to accurately plan for the type and amount of food, and for the number of chairs and tables to provide.
Next time you or your child receives an invitation take a moment to respond to the RSVP. Your host will be pleasantly surprised.