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.
1. First announce the name of the host.
- The Springfield Arts Council
- Mrs. Jane Doe
- Mr. and Mrs. John Doe
- John and Jane Doe
- The Doe Corporation
- Jane Doe
- The President and The Board of Trustees<br />of<br />Springfield University
- Mr. John Doe and Mrs. Jane Doe<br />(on a wedding invitation, for example, where the parents have been divorced but are co-hosting)
- Ashley Johnson<br />and<br />Eric Doe
2. The second section presents the invitation.
- cordially invites you to
- cordially invites you to attend the
- request the pleasure of your company
- invite you to attend
- request the honor of your presence
- invite you to join them
3. The third section names or describes the event.
- Annual General Meeting
- Awards Banquet
- a reception in honor of<br />Dr. Robert Johnson<br />on the occasion of his retirement
- a party<br />to celebrate our Fifteenth Anniversary
- at dinner
- at the marriage of their daughter<br />Mary Elizabeth<br />to<br />Michael Ryan<br />son of Michael and Beth Luthy
- at the marriage of their daughter<br />Mary<br />to<br />Paul Luthy
- at the celebration of their marriage
- at the rehearsal dinner for<br />Ashley Johnson and Eric Doe
- at an open house<br />honoring their mother, Jane Doe,<br />on her 85th birthday
- a dinner party
- Cocktails and a Buffet
4. The fourth section gives the date and time of day.
- on Saturday, June 16, at 6:30 p.m.
- on Friday, August fifth,<br />from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
- Thursday, May 2,<br />at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, the fourteenth of August<br />at half past six o'clock
- Friday evening, July 10,<br />at seven o'clock
- Saturday, the nineteenth of September<br />Nineteen hundred and ninety-seven<br />at half after ten in the morning
5. The fifth section gives the place. Give the full address if there may be any doubt about the location.
- at the Springfield Country Club<br />1600 Main Street<br />Springfield, Kansas
- at The Springfield Hotel<br />648 Maple Lane
- 648 Maple Lane<br />Centerville
- 648 Maple Lane<br />Centerville, Kansas 12346<br />555-5555
- in the Alumni House on Campus
- at Trinity Church<br />1600 Main Street<br />Springfield, Kansas
- The Springfield Inn<br />Springfield, Kansas
- in the Springfield Hotel<br />Garden Ballroom<br />1600 Main Street<br />Springfield, KA 12346
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.
- R.S.V.P.<br />555-5555
- R.S.V.P. Black Tie
- R.S.V.P. card enclosed
- The favor of a reply is requested
- R.S.V.P.<br />Jane Doe<br />555-5555
- R.S.V.P. Black tie requested
- R.S.V.P. The Does<br />648 Maple Lane<br />Centerville, KA 12346<br />555-5555
- R.S.V.P. 555-5555 by June 2
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