How to Write a Formal Invitation for a Dinner

Written by ashley kurz
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Even with the advances in communication technology (social networking, e-mail, texts) it is still proper etiquette to send an invitation by regular mail for formal occasions and dinner parties. There are some basic guidelines associated with writing a formal invitation. You should familiarise yourself on the proper technique for writing formal dinner invitations.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Plain white folded cards
  • Plain envelopes sized to fit your cards
  • Postage stamps

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  1. 1

    Write a message on the front of the plain white folded card. Chose a message that explains the reason for the dinner party. For example: "Join us to help celebrate Ron's promotion."

  2. 2

    Open the card and write out the details your guests need to know. Include the time and place of the dinner. List menu choices if you like.

  3. 3

    Add information about who exactly is invited and indicate whether they are free to bring a guest along.

  4. 4

    Include RSVP contact information and a "respond by" date. You can include this information directly on the invitation card or on a smaller card to tuck inside the invitation.

  5. 5

    Place the invitation in a plain envelope, and hand-write the address. Printed address labels can be impersonal. Add a postage stamp rather than running the envelope through a postage machine, to avoid damage and add a more personal look.

Tips and warnings

  • Check with your local post office to see if any of the available stamps match the theme of your occasion.

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