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what is the meaning of r.s.v.p in invitation card

What is RSVP?

Répondez S'il Vous Plaît is a french phrase which means “Please respond” used in the invitation letter. The host/hostess generally adds RSVP at the end of the letter to confirm if the person to whom the invite has been sent is available for the occasion or not.

Along with RSVP the host/hostess can also add the date by which they expect the replies. 

What is the point of RSVP?

The RSVP allows the host/hostess to get a rough estimate of the number of people who will be attending the event.

This helps them to make prior preparation according to the number, having this knowledge also helps them to decide if they should reduce or increase their spending on the event. 

What is the origin of RSVP?

The term RSVP originated in the year 1845 in France and is an acronym for Répondez S'il Vous Plaît. 

The term was mainly used for wedding or ceremonious invitations but today it is even used for formal invitation or emails. 

Why is RSVP culture not popular in India?

Indian people don’t like to offend the host by saying no to the invitation. Using RSVP might sound formal since most of the occasions are for close-knit relatives or friends. 

Indians will prefer to give their answer on the phone if they can or can’t make it to the event which will help them explain their situation better and hence will help the host understand the reason for their absence.

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