Q. I am preparing a very casual invitation to a cookout and I would like to put in an R.S.V.P. I want to receive regrets only, but I am drawing a blank as to proper way to word.
A. While I understand your wishes, it really is better to request a response from all guests. All too often, those invited just do not respond; with a regrets only response, you risk not having a good idea of just how many will attend your event.