Video:Proper RSVP Etiquettewith Bonnie Zaiss
Proper RSVP etiquette is an important part of throwing or attending a party. Learn proper RSVP etiquette for guests, hosts and electronic RSVPs.See Transcript
Transcript:Proper RSVP EtiquetteHello, I'm Bonnie Zaiss for About.com. R.S.V.P. What does it mean? And what is the proper etiquette?
RSVP comes from a French phrase "répondez, s'il vous plaît," which means, "please reply." Many of Western culture's lessons in etiquette came from the French. The French language was the language of high society in the United States up until the 19th century. Today RSVP still has the same meaning - the host is inviting you to an event and is asking you whether you'll accept or decline the invitation.
RSVP Etiquette for GuestsIf the invitation is for a formal event, a prompt reply is expected. To accommodate a speedy response, the host may include a self-addressed stamped envelope with the RSVP inside.
A "Regrets Only" RSVP means the host is expecting you to attend and to only RSVP if you are declining the invitation.
RSVP Etiquette for HostsAs a host, requesting RSVP's is appropriate for any occasion and a necessity many times to be sure that all the guests can be accommodated. An accurate number of RSVP's helps plan all facets of the party from the size of the venue to the amount of food needed.
Electronic RSVP EtiquetteElectronic invitations have revolutionized the RSVP process. Guests simply select "yes," "no" or "maybe" on the invitation sent to them through their email. Invitees can also add a guest or a comment for the host to see.
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