How to fill out an RSVP card.

Tiny but crucial, RSVP cards have a lot of impact on planning. Learn how to fill out one properly.

When an RSVP card arrives in the mail, it’s often a sign of fun times ahead. Many hosts use RSVP cards for formal occasions like weddings, but they also can be used for baby showers, bachelorette parties, retirement dinners, and more. While the style of cards can vary, most follow the same general approach and only take a few minutes to fill out.

Accept with pleasure or decline with regret.

The acronym RSVP stands for “répondez, s’il vous plaît,” which means "please reply" in French. No matter the event type, the card’s purpose is to let the host know if you can attend. Here’s how to fill out your RSVP card:

When you finish, pop the card into the pre-addressed return envelope. Whether you accept with pleasure or decline with regret, make sure to send your reply as soon as possible.

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