Erika Preval - Simply Put

Little Things Matter – RSVP RESPONSIBLY


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It’s National Etiquette Week! The goal is to raise social awareness in all areas of American life, and I’ll be sharing quick tips that align with this year’s theme: “Little Things Matter.” I hope you’ll follow along and share these posts that you’ll find throughout the week here, and on FacebookInstagram and Twitter!


One of the top complaints that I receive from brides and others planning events, is that that receiving timely RSVPs from invited guests has become a challenge. In an effort to ease the frustration that comes with a lack of response to invitations, please consider the following:

What - RSVP is an abbreviation of Réspondez s’il vous plaît. Translated from French to English, “Please reply,” means the invitation requires a response concerning your availability to attend an upcoming event.

Why - Your host is making plans to properly accommodate guests who will attend the event. As every guest has a cost and space requirement, your invitation is a social contract that allows both host and guest to be certain that everyone enjoys the event comfortably.

When - Always respond right away, but no later than the RSVP date printed on the invitation. A prompt reply is always appreciated and shows excitement about the event.

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