If you've been invited to a meeting, you must reply – and the sooner, the better! A timely response is critical for securing your place at the meeting.
If you choose to decline or reschedule, a prompt and professional reply can protect your reputation.
But how do you reply to a meeting invitation email? Let us show you. In this guide to writing effective meeting response messages, we describe the format you must follow.
Then, once that's crystal clear, we'll provide three superb samples for every situation and a customizable template.
Meeting invitation reply email format
Before we get into how to respond to a meeting invitation email, you'll need to decide what to do. Are you attending the meeting, requesting to reschedule it, or declining it?
Each option will require a slightly different tone of voice and approach. But, positively, they all use the same email format – which should be no surprise if you understand proper email etiquette.
Every business email has 3 core parts:
- Subject line
- Body copy
Let's look at each in order.
1. Meeting invitation reply email subject line
You'll usually respond to a meeting request by hitting reply. You won't control the subject line in this case, so you can ignore this bit.
In some situations, you may want to start a new email chain. This is especially important if you wish to reschedule or decline a meeting. It enables you to take control of the format. You can use your subject line to grab attention and be relevant to the content.
- Meeting confirmation – please confirm my slot!
- I received your invitation: the answer is yes!
- I can attend our meeting – can we reschedule?
- I won't be able to make the meeting
- I'm declining your meeting request
2. Meeting invitation reply email body
If someone takes the time to email you and invite you, it's polite to express gratitude and thanks.
- Thank you for inviting me to the (title) meeting.
Next, you'll need to confirm all details. Let them know if you're coming, want to reschedule, or are declining. (Don't worry; we provide examples of each below!)
Whatever your decision, you must explain why (even if it's short).
- I'm happy to confirm that I'm able to attend. Can you confirm my space and share with me all details?
- Unfortunately, I have a prior appointment at this time. Can we reschedule?
- I'm unable to attend the meeting because (insert details).
Remember to add your contact information!
- You can send any meeting information to me at (insert details). If any details change, please let me know.
3. How to end a response to a meeting invitation
Your recipient should know by now whether you're coming or not. Of course, they may not bother reading this far, but add a positive sign-off if they do.
- I'm looking forward to meeting with you and the team. I'm excited to see what we can achieve together!
- While I can't attend this time, I hope we can find a suitable time to meet.
- I wish you and the rest of the team all the best for the meeting.
When writing meeting request replies, you must adhere to your company standards and style guide (if this exists). This may supersede any advice we give, so follow the rules.
Finally, meeting requests are a professional courtesy, so do the right thing and review the spelling, grammar, and tone of voice before sending.
Get it wrong, and you might not be invited again…
3 meeting invitation reply email examples
At this point, we're about to present you with some samples. You'll see we start each by expressing gratitude for the invite (it's only polite, after all). After that, each sample focuses on a different response – accepting a meeting, declining one, and rescheduling one.
Each sample shares the same format, structure, and tone of voice. So, if you want the easiest meeting responses, here we go!
1. Accept a meeting invitation email sample
You've received a meeting invite, and you want to apply, so get writing a reply! This meeting invitation acceptance email starts with a bit of appreciation and provides your answer.
In the rest of our response, we confirm some details and ask for relevant information. Once you've hit send, remember to add it to your calendar.
2. Decline meeting invitation email sample
If you approach it correctly, declining a meeting doesn't have to damage relationships. This sample says thanks for the invite and politely decline it.
It's only polite to offer a brief explanation and some reasons for refusing a meeting, but don't go overboard. A single sentence should be enough.
3. Request to reschedule meeting invitation email sample
Meetings can (and do) clash, so you'll often have to reschedule. Like the samples above, this request to reschedule a meeting starts with a thank you, follows up with the reasons you can't attend, and finishes with a request to reschedule.
It's often helpful to suggest some alternative dates for a new meeting. This shows our seriousness. And (if you've bothered to check your calendar), it will ensure no future clashes.
It's essential to ask for confirmation the organizer has received your message.
4. Meeting confirmation reply email sample
When you have scheduled or rescheduled a meeting or appointment, it's often professional to send one more confirmation. This step is not always necessary. When booking remote meetings, a calendar invite is often enough.
You can send a meeting confirmation email to also send any proposals, agendas, or other crucial information.
Reply to meeting invitation email template
These samples may not be suitable for your organization or your style. If that's the case, then this meeting invitation template enables you to create meeting messages in a structured and consistent format.
We've written this in a modular format, so it's customizable for different situations. Add your details, delete the irrelevant stuff, cut, paste, and send. Simple!
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By now, you should have all the tools available to reply to a meeting invitation email. However, even if your emails aren't perfect, always be as professional as possible.
Whether you choose to attend or not, ensure you communicate your decision clearly – and send your message as soon as possible!
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