#EngTips: How to RSVP

RSVP is the acronym for répondez s’il vous plaît, French for ‘please respond‘. It shows that the hosts are asking us to let them know whether we’re coming to their event.

When invited to an event, it is proper etiquette to respond promptly and politely. By responding to RSVP, you help the hosts arrange seating, catering, etc.

RSVP is usually sent out for events such as wedding reception, dinner party, dance party, birthday party and other official or diplomatic events.

Common format:

RSVP by [date] to [email address or phone number].

Example:

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Or if you’re asking to RSVP on website:

Please RSVP on our website at [web address] by [date].

Example:

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You can reply an RSVP immediately or within 24 hours. A quick response shows your enthusiasm and gratefulness to be invited.

Or, you can also wait until the deadline to respond. Though this might signal that the event doesn’t thrill you on first thought.

Do we have to respond to every invitation? Yes! Wouldn’t you be devastated if you’re hosting and ignored?

= Accepting RSVP =

Simple way to accept an RSVP:

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Casual way to accept an RSVP:

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Note how event name & date are repeated in the response. It is to confirm that you get the details right.

= Declining RSVP =

Simple way to decline an RSVP:

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Casual way to decline an RSVP:

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Respond to RSVP even if you won’t be attending. It’s considered rude not to respond.

Worried hosts going to beg if you decline? The best way to avoid such awkwardness is to respond via email.

If you decline for whatever reason, you do not have to offer an explanation officially.
If you decline an invitation from a close friend, you may wish to offer an explanation in private. Just keep it as brief as possible.

= When in doubt =

If you’re not sure, please say: “I’m not sure if I can make it, but I’ll let you know as soon as possible.” And… make sure to let them know as soon as possible to aid her planning of the party.

Regardless of how you respond, always thank the host for the invitation. It’s a privilege to celebrate key events with them.

= Canceling RSVP =

What if something unexpected happened, but you have accepted an RSVP?
In the event of illness, death in the family, or unavoidable business conflict, canceling an RSVP is completely acceptable.

Call your host immediately. The telephone is the quickest way to reach someone and will save your host unwanted surprises. Canceling or going no show on the last minute without news is considered extremely inconsiderate towards your host’s efforts.

Now is the right time to check your inbox. Have you forgotten to respond to any invitation lately?

That’s the end of today’s #EngTips. Make sure you stay tuned to our daily sessions, fellas!

Compiled and written by @miss_qiak for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, August 7, 2016.

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