"R.S.V.P. stands for a French phrase, "répondez, s'il vous plaît," which means "please reply." The person sending the invitation would like you to tell him or her whether you accept or decline the invitation. That is, will you be coming to the event or not? Etiquette rules followed in most Western cultures require that if you receive a formal, written invitation, you should reply promptly, perhaps that same day. (italics mine) For hosts who are planning a dinner party, a wedding or a reception, this is important from a practical point of view, because they need to know how many people to count on and how much food and drink to buy. More important, though, is the simple courtesy of responding to someone who was nice enough to invite you, even if it is to say that you regret that you will not be able to attend."To read the rest, go here.
Why this post? Because I currently know two brides-to-be who are rather frustrated that invited guests have not responded to their wedding invitations. How hard is it, really, to fill in the blank, check the box, and slip that stamped reply card in the mail.
Along the same lines, I've had conversations with younger friends lately who bemoan their generation's reticence to commit to things - outings, dinner invitations...relationships. One young woman's assessment of this state of affairs is that people are waiting for the next best thing to come along. Refusing to commit allows wafflers to keep their options open.
I am feeling very thankful for the young men I know lately who have stopped looking for the next best thing and taken the bold step of proposing marriage to one young woman. They have decided that for better or worse, this is the woman with whom they will spend the rest of their lives. God enable them to honor their commitments.
And by the way, if you happen to know any of these young men and have been invited to their weddings, do them and their brides and families a favor....RSVP.