Wording Samples for an Invitation to a Formal Party

by Alyson Paige

Formal affairs, such as weddings, elegant dinner parties and black-tie entertainment events, have a code of etiquette. Invitations to formal parties are phrased with matching verbiage to communicate the ceremonial aspect of the event. Hosts include every necessary piece of information -- the who, when and where of the party -- and impress invitees with the level of formality with tone and with style. Invitees depend upon invitations to tell them about appropriate attire and reply details. Formal invitation details include spelling out numbers, days and months and leave off punctuation at the ends of lines.

Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Invitation Wording

A wedding rehearsal dinner invitation might beckon guests to a traditional rehearsal dinner or to a destination dinner. Verbiage for an invitation to a formal traditional wedding rehearsal dinner might read, "Dr. And Mrs. Alan Newman request the honor of your presence at the rehearsal dinner on the evening of the wedding of Carolina and Matthew on Saturday, the twenty-seventh of November two thousand eleven at eight o'clock in the Grand Arena of the Hilton Hotel, downtown Houston, Texas. Regrets only."

Black Tie Dinner Party Invitation Wording

Attendees at formal dinner parties expect invitations that reflect the formality of the gathering. Private individuals and corporations hold black-tie dinner parties as signature events celebrating family, friendship or achievements. Print a corporate black-tie dinner party invitation with the following wording: "The Jansen Group requests your attendance for the annual dinner party at the Brown Palace Hotel in the Palace Arms dining room on Friday, September fourth, two thousand eleven at nine o'clock. RSVP at (phone number)" Add "black tie" in small print at the bottom of the invitation.

Formal Cocktail Party Invitation Wording

A formal cocktail party invitation informs invitees that they are invited to more than a casual gathering for drinks and appetizers. They know the hostess wants her guests to put on their best party clothes and enjoy an event that sparkles with conversation and conviviality. A formal cocktail party invitation might read, "Please join Frannie Sanders for cocktails and amuse bouche in the garden at 400 Lamplight Drive on Tuesday July nineteen two thousand and eleven at eight o'clock in the evening. Regrets only. Cocktail attire."

Art Gallery Opening Invitation Wording

Art aficionados gather with anticipation at the opening of a new gallery. Set the tone by meeting guests' expectations with appropriate invitation verbiage. Write, for example, "The Hawkins Gallery in the Square in Santa Fe is pleased to invite you to its formal opening and showing of artist, Sheila Mann. Enjoy a wine tasting and hors d'œuvre on Friday night six o'clock July twenty two thousand and eleven. RSVP. Black tie attire."

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