How to Write a Regrets RSVP

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RSVP stands for "repondez, s'il vous plait" or "please respond". A regrets RSVP is a formal way to let a host or hostess know that you will not be attending the event you were invited to. Sending a regrets RSVP is important so that no one is planning for your attendance to an event and buys extra supplies that are then wasted. It is polite to send a regrets RSVP either way but some invitations clue you in to whether a response is expected.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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    Respond immediately. The sooner you respond, the less stress on the host.

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    Use an RSVP card if included with the invitation and be sure to fill in all the necessary information.

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    Write your own regrets RSVP if a card is not included. It is important to respond in the tone of the invitation. For example, if you were sent an informal invitation to a birthday party, you could respond with "I'm so sorry I can't make it to the party but I will be out of town. Have a great time and happy birthday. Emily".

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    Respond formally if the invitation is formal. The proper wording for a formal regrets RSVP uses formal names and language. For example: "Ms. Kate Hamilton regrets that due to a prior engagement she is unable to accept the invitation of Mr. and Mrs. Brian Gilbert for Friday, the seventh of October."

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