RSVP Meaning

The acronym RSVP is the initialism of the French phrase répondez s'il vous plaît, which means 'Please respond'. The literal translation of s'il vous plaît is "if it pleases you".

If someone receives an invitation with a request for an RSVP, the polite thing is to respond.

Sometimes, though rarely, you may encounter "RSVP, regrets only", which means that the invitee is to only reply if she is not able to attend. A non-respnose to this specific type of RSVP means that the invitee will be attending the event.

RSVP Etiquette