May 14 2011

What does RSVP stand for?

Category: Society & Culture


RSVP - R.S.V.P.RSVP is an acronym that stands for the French phrase, “Répondez, S’il Vous Plaît”. Listen to the pronunciation here. The phrase essentially means “please respond”, “please answer”, or “please reply”. R.S.V.P cards are typically sent, along with invitations, to potential attendees of a party or event. Once received, they allow the invited guest to either accept or decline the invitation. It will also often let the invitee know the last acceptable date that the card should be returned (the proper etiquette is to return them immediately) and a space to indicate the number of guests attending. This information is invaluable to the host and gives them the ability to determine or approximate the amount of food and drink that is needed for the festivity.

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