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How do you reply to RSVP?

Whenever you receive a formal invitation, it typically includes an request for RSVP (Répondez s’il vous plaît), indicating that the host needs a response whether or not you will be attending the event. Responding to an RSVP is considered a polite gesture and it helps the host plan accordingly. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the proper ways in which you can reply to RSVP.

1. Respond in a timely manner

One of the more important aspects of responding to an RSVP is timing. It’s important to respond as soon as possible after you have received the invitation. This allows the host enough time to make preparations such as arranging catering, seating arrangements and even creating place cards. A prompt response also reduces any anxiety the host may feel by getting enough attendees or if they are underprepared.

2. Respond appropriately

Consider the tone of the invitation you received, and respond accordingly. If the invitation has a formal tone, it is appropriate to respond in a similarly formal tone. Use polite phrases to show sincere gratitude for the invitation. An example of a polite RSVP response for a formal invitation could be “Dear [Host’s Name], Thank you very much for the kind invitation to your [Event Name]. I am delighted to attend your event and look forward to seeing you on [Date] at [Time].”

3. Provide essential information

When responding to an RSVP, always be sure to include essential information such as your name, the date and time of the event, and the name of the host. It’s important to note that if the invitation is for a couple or family, all guests’ names should be included in the response, along with whether each guest is attending. If there are any food or drink preferences or allergies that should be taken into consideration, make it clear in your response so the host can make necessary arrangements for you.

4. Be Clear and Concise

Your RSVP response should be clear and concise. Avoid using acronyms or abbreviations that may not be familiar to the host such as “IDK” or “LOL.” Responding to an RSVP with clear and full words shows professionalism and respect to the host. If you have any specific questions about the event, it’s best to contact the host directly instead of trying to convey your message through the RSVP invitation.

5. Responding “regrets”

In some instances, you may not be able to attend the event. If so, it’s important to respond with a “regrets” response as soon as possible. When responding in the negative, the same guidelines apply as the positive RSVP. Be polite and explain sincerely why you’re unable to attend the event. You can also leave a message of congratulations, goodwill, and wishes in the message.


Overall, when responding to an RSVP, remember to be prompt, clear, concise, and polite. Responding to an invitation is a simple touch of etiquette that should not be taken lightly. It is a way of not only confirming your attendance but also showing appreciation and respect for the person who sent the invitation. By following the guidelines outlined above, you’ll be well on your way to making sure that your RSVP response is received warmly by the event’s host.