RSVP is a French acronym that means “Respondez S’il Vous Plait” which is translated in English to mean “please respond”. That means, “Yes, I’m coming” or “No, I’m not coming”. By not responding at all, you’re letting the organizer know that you really don’t care about them or their event to indicate whether or not you’re attending.
With so many methods of responding, it’s difficult to see how not submitting an RSVP is even possible. Hand written note, phone call, fax, text message, instant message, email, Facebook message, LinkedIn Mail, Twitter Direct Message…ideally, the organizer will indicate their preferred method of RSVP; but there is really no excuse for not submitting an RSVP these days.
If you’re not sure if you can make it, choose “maybe”. Facebook, Meetup and several other online event platforms all support the “maybe” option.
Sometimes, people steer clear of sending their RSVP because they’re afraid the feelings of the organizer may be hurt. As someone who plans events from 10-500 people, it’s more important for me to get an accurate headcount.
What say you? Do you RSVP to events? Does it depend on the “importance” of the event in your eyes? Wedding vs. Silpada Party?