R.S.V.P. (“répondez, s’il vous plaît”) literally means “please reply”. This means the e-mail sender expects you to reply. Whether you want to accept or decline the invitation, a prompt and polite response shows courtesy and also helps the sender plan well.
RSVP Email Response Samples
Take a look at some sample RSVP e-mail responses for accepting or declining invitations:
Sample 1 – Responding to an Informal Invitation
SUGGESTED SUBJECT: We’ll be there!
Sample 2 – Responding to Invitation to Speak
SUGGESTED SUBJECT: Accepting your Invitation to speak at Demo Africa
Sample 3 – Responding to Invitation to Speak at a Conference
SUGGESTED SUBJECT: I’m delighted to confirm my availability as a Speaker
Sample 4 – Turning Down an Informal Invitation
SUGGESTED SUBJECT: Please accept my apologies…
Sample 5 – Turning Down an Invitation to Speak
SUGGESTED SUBJECT: Unfortunately, I can’t attend this month’s Business Mentors class
Sample 6 – Turning Down an Invitation [short]
SUGGESTED SUBJECT: Apologies, I’m declining your invitation to the AfricaCom Event
Sample 7 – Accepting a Request to Speak
SUGGESTED SUBJECT: Honoured to deliver a speech at the annual National Union of Journalists Conference.
Sample 8 – Declining a Request to Speak
SUGGESTED SUBJECT: I Regrettably Decline Your Invitation to Speak at your Annual Conference