What does r.s.v.p. mean on an invitation?

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What does r.s.v.p. mean on an invitation?

Spelled out , the letters. R. S. V.P. stand for “r�pondez, s’il vous pla�t. It is a French phrase which translated means “respond if you please” or “please reply”. When people send out formal invitiations that have that abbreviation, they are asking for a response from each person they invited. They need to know how many people will be attending a given event so they can plan for it, and have enough food, space and so forth for the number of people planning to be there. It is considered rude and inconsiderate not to respond to an invitation requesting a response. It is very hard to plan accurately without a close head count for the number of people planning to attend. It can also be very costly to a host or hostess planning a formal and expensive event like a wedding, if they end up paying for a lot of food and space that they didn’t need to. It can also be embarrassing when people show up who did not respond and there is not adequate space, food or seating for the people attending. Dinner parties, especially sit down formal ones take specific arrangements and amounts of food for special items. If unplanned people show up, that can make it very awkward for everyone. Some invitations will only say “regrets only” and not expect a response unless you are not planning to come, but that means they are expecting you. So the same rules of courtesy to the host or hostess apply for that kind of response to an invitation too. If you get an invitation that says R.S.V.P, be a gracious guest and do respond. Mama Nono

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