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How to Observe Proper Wedding RSVP Etiquette

Watch more Manners & Etiquette videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - A timely response is crucial when you're invited to a wedding. Here are some tips on how to properly respond. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Adhere to the RSVP date Look at the invitation -- it should note an RSVP deadline. It's there for a reason, as the bride and groom must give the caterer an accurate headcount and plot the seating arrangements. Respond by the date indicated, or the bride will have to track you down. Step 2: Abide by the guest list Fill out the enclosed response card and abide by the names listed on the envelope. Adding the name of an uninvited date or child is rude and puts the couple in the awkward position of having to explain their guest list policy. Tip It's become increasingly common for couples to send out a "save the date" card months before the wedding, prior to mailing out the actual invitations. No response is required. Step 3: Decline graciously Send regrets graciously. Check the appropriate box on the response card to let the couple know you'll be unable to attend. Tradition dictates that you should still send a gift, even if you're not going; but a handwritten note of congratulations may suffice. Step 4: Respond appropriately Read the response card. If it requests an RSVP, you'll need to respond whether you're going to attend or not. If it states "Regrets Only," it means only those who won't be attending need to reply. Step 5: Address questions correctly Direct any wedding-related questions to members of the wedding party. Don't bombard the already stressed-out bride or groom with nit-picky issues and concerns, like what to wear to the ceremony. Step 6: Stick to your response Heed your own reply. If you indicated you would attend the wedding, don't bail on the happy couple and not show up. On the flip side, don't crash a wedding you said you wouldn't attend. Be a conscientious guest or you may have to deal with an unhappy bride and groom and a damaged friendship. Did You Know? RSVP is French for _repondez s'il vous plait_, which translates into "please respond."
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