What Does RSVP Mean on a Wedding Invitation?


What Does RSVP Mean?

RSVP is an abbreviation of the French phrase ‘Repondez, s'il vous plaît’. It translates to ‘Respond, if you please’ or, ‘Respond please' in English.

You need to pay close attention to the RSVP section when you receive a wedding invitation. Usually, this part of the invitation will be on a separate card, which you will need to send back to the couple. It may include additional information such as meal options, the name of your plus-one or a song suggestion box.

In some cases, there may be no card at all, just a phone number or email address instead. Regardless of how the couple requests your response, you will need to let them know whether you plan to attend their wedding or not.

Why Should You RSVP

Responding to a wedding invitation is an absolute must, whether you intend to go or not. It's likely that the couple had to make some tough decisions when creating their guest list. In other words, every wedding guest costs. The price-per-person will always factor into the overall budget for the couple. The fact that you got invited may mean someone else did not.

Letting the couple know whether you will be attending is just good manners. Should you not be able to make it, they may be able to invite someone from their ‘maybe’ list. If you’re planning to be a part of their special day, you need to let them know as soon as you can.

What if Your Plans Change after you RSVP?

Once you’ve RSVP-ed, there’s nothing left to do but wait until the big day arrives., but we all know that life is full of surprises. You may find that your plans change and you need to tell the couple that you can no longer attend their wedding. Handling this matter delicately is key. Keep in mind that they will have already made arrangements for you ahead of time.

As soon as you know that your plans have changed, reach out to the couple. While you want to avoid an extra-complicated explanation, you should include a reason.

You will also want to include a sincere apology as part of this message.

RSVP Wording Tips

Responding to wedding invitations as soon as you receive it and know your plans is polite. Most of the time, RSVP cards will include a line that tells you when you need to respond by. For instance, it may say “RSVP by March 5th.” That’s a set deadline, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t answer before then. If you already know whether you can attend or not, let the couple know so they can start finalizing their big day.

If you’re having trouble finding the right words, don’t worry! There’s an easy, simple way to respond to a wedding invitation. Keep things short! Here’s an example of how you can reply if you are planning to attend the couple’s special day:

Dear [Couple’s Names],

We would like to accept the invitation to your wedding on Friday, April 25 at 5.00 PM. We look forward to your big day!

Kind wishes, 

[Your Name]

While the above example works for most situations, you may want to spice things up. If you’re close to the couple or simply feel creative, you can always add some extra pizazz or a personal touch into your RSVP.

You may need to add more information to your personalized RSVP letter or message. If the couple has asked what meals you would like or for other details, you can include them here. Of course, you may also need to include the RSVP card and check the appropriate boxes too. Read the invitation fully and ensure that you follow the instructions to a 't'.