Wording for Invitations
that Bring the Guests In

Wording for Invitations

Having a party soon?  Then you'll need wording for invitations that lets your potential guests know all about your event.

And a good host always keeps guests well-informed.

Every invitation you send should include these nine elements

  1. The name of the host(s)
  2. Extending the invitation (e.g.,  . . . requests the pleasure of your company, hopes you will join her, cordially invites you, would like you to join us for . . .)
  3. Type of occasion - a buffet dinner, a birthday barbeque, a celebration cocktail
  4. Reason for the occasion (if there is one) - to celebrate the engagement of . . . , in honor of Susan’s 30th birthday, to ring in Fall 2014
  5. Date
  6. Time
  7. Location
  8. How to respond  - RSVP to (714) 555-1212
  9. Special Instructions - parking arrangements, black tie, etc.

Download our cheat sheet for an example of a proper invitation and a list of the above nine invitation elements.


Your party invitations should match the theme and style of your event

For a fun, laid-back gathering, it is appropriate to send a casually-styled invitation with cute  illustrations on it.

However, if it is a more formal party, you might send an invitation with the wording in gold script.  This signals guests that this party is a bit more upscale.

Electronic invitations like those created on websites, or simple email invitations, are fine to send when your event is casual.  For instance, a backyard barbeque, a small cocktail party, or a clambake at the beach.  But not for a wedding.  You can decide to which mode of invitation your social group best responds.

No matter the formality of your event, the wording for invitations always includes the nine elements listed above.  Follow this simple rule and you'll never have to question if you've missed relaying an important piece of information. 

And, when you make it as easy as possible for your guests to have all the details, you’ll definitely have a well-attended event!



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