Otherwise known as RSVP, Répondez s’il vous plaît is a French phrase that has presumably been around since the 18th century. It’s meaning is widely known as Please Reply, but it seems that during the last few years people have forgotten this courtesy and the etiquette that surrounds this little French phrase.
Now, just because you don’t form part of the 128 million people that can speak French does not give you the right to violate this very simply task of replying to an invitation. It seems that people simply don’t care or couldn’t bother less to reply to your invite with a simple “yes” or “no” or even the very easy yet irritating “maybe”. If you are lucky enough to receive a (late) RSVP, you can almost be certain that that little “yes” will turn into a “maybe” that eventually dwindles into a “oh is that tomorrow? Sorry I won’t be able to make it.”
So, I sat down and thought about this, because, I too don’t always feel like replying just yet, then end up forgetting or simply end up making other plans. Here are things I thought might be causing this social epidemic:
- We don’t plan ahead.
- Thinking, nah I’ll reply later. (Still trying to figure out the reason behind this!)
- We are dependent on whether or not our BFF is attending, or if “that girl” (the one that you reaalllyy dislike) is also going to be there. These are all very important deciding factors! (ah sarcasm.)
- Insta-everything. With everything changing so fast, it seems like there might just pop up something better than your party, so why bother RSVP-ing if you’re not going to go anyway. That’s just rude, but it’s the mentality we’re dealing with.
- <Insert any other ridiculous excuse>
For some unknown reason, courtesy is starting to become even less visible in our lives and with it, invite etiquette is ignorerd. So if you do receive an invite, be it for a wedding or just a simple facebook event. Take the 5 minutes to check your diary and actually RSVP. You will make the host’s life a lot easier and you might just start the comeback of the RSVP.