Extend a Formal Invitation • Letter Examples and Guide

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Example Letter #1

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The Springfield Arts Council

requests the pleasure of your company

at a reception in honor of

Dr. John Doe

on the occasion of his retirement

on Friday, August fifth

from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

at The Springfield Hotel

1600 Main Street

R.S.V.P. 555-5555 by June 2

Example Letter #2

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Mr. John Doe

requests the pleasure of your company

at a dinner in honor of his daughter

Jane Doe

on the occasion of her graduation

on Tuesday, March eighth

at seven o'clock

at his home

648 Maple Lane

Centerville, Kansas 12346

R.S.V.P. 555-5555 by March 2

Example Letter #3

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The children of Mr. and Mrs. John Doe

extend to you an invitation to attend

an open house in celebration of

the Doe's Golden Anniversary

on Saturday, May 16, at 6:00 p.m.

at the Elk's Lodge

1555 Center Street

Springfield, Kansas

R.S.V.P. by May 2

Letter-Writing Tips

Formal invitations have a fixed format. They may be handwritten or printed, but never on business letterhead stationery. The invitation is centered on the paper. A stamped, self-addressed response card will frequently accompany the invitation.

Step-by-Step Guide

6 Place a request for response (R.S.V.P.) below and to the left of the body of the invitation. If you request a specific mode of dress, place that information on the same line as the R.S.V.P., but on the right-hand side. If it is a "black tie" occasion, meaning tuxedos for men and evening gowns for women, say so, in order to avoid confusion.

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