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Friday, July 11, 2008

RSVP 101

The past few years, I have not received an invitation, whether for a birthday, wedding, or christening, without the acronym R.S.V.P followed by a phone number and a name.

RSVP is Répondez s'il vous plaît, a French phrase that translates to "reply, if you please.". It is with this meaning that invitation cards and similar documents are often marked with "R.S.V.P." It is standard practice to reply to an RSVP request whether confirming attendance or declining. (thanks to Wiki *wink)

Having thrown numerous parties in this lifetime, I have been witness to the pitfalls of RSVP (or should I say – the pitfalls of people who ought to know RSVP?)

The Best: You confirmed your attendance, you actually came, and you arrived on time! Wooohooo! Thank you!

The Good: You'd rather be somewhere else other than the party, and you were decent enough to tell the host you are not coming. Clap your hands!


The Bad: You have no plans of going and you don’t care if you leave the host wondering if you will show up or not.

The Ugly: Confirmed you will attend (sure, we will be there :-) with a smiley pa!) and then you don’t show up.

The Foul & Ugly: You said you will attend, you didn't show up, and you didn’t even bother to tell the host you are not coming anymore. No apologies for not making it, not a tinge of regret at all for making someone wait.

Familiar? Common? The usual?

The point I am driving at is that RSVP is not a decoration; it's not to make the invites more appealing or to announce to everyone the host/hostess' phone number. It's there for a purpose. Whether the guest doesn’t know what RSVP means or just plain rude is beyond me. All I am saying is that if one cannot attend the event be kind enough to inform the host.

We are in the 21st century, and technology is super efficient in making RSVPing a ton
easier. It's not like you have to walk 3 kilometers or use an owl to send your "I’m sorry I cannot come". It just takes a few thumbwork to send an sms, a click of a button to send an email. I don’t think that will send anyone huffing and puffing and sweating?

I hope when people get an invitation to a party, they immediately think that the host did not send that out of whim, tables have been reserved, not the entire barangay were invited, and YOU were invited because you are someone special to the host.

Kung El Shaddai prayer meeting ito, keri lang diba? Libre entrance sa Grandstand.

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