Writing invitations can be fun. After
all, if you're writing invitations, you're having a party of
some kind! There are a few rules and etiquette involved in
producing a good looking invitation. You want the visual
appearance of the invitation to match the mood and theme of
Casual get-togethers, like a backyard barbecue call for a
cheerful note card style, with a hand written message inside.
Formal events like a black tie party requires a formal printed
invitation, or you may risk offending your guests.
Some formal invitations, such as for wedding and reception
events are so complicated in rules of etiquette, such as where
whose name goes, followed and preceded by what, that you may be
best off looking through the printer's books of invitation
styles and papers and choosing one you like. There is
essentially, no writing to be done on your part.
There are a lot of different events between casual and
formal. You need to decide the appropriate style level for your
When you've decided on your style of invitation, it's time
to get to writing invitations. Unless it's that wedding!
For best success, set the timing of your writing invitations
when you're feeling fresh and cheerful, not after a long hard
day you've spent all stressed out. Your enthusiasm will
After you've written in the time, date, place or address and
an RSVP, that's really all that's needed. However, a personal
note is always appreciated and makes you a more gracious host
or hostess to boot! A simple, personalized note, like “Dear
Angie, I sure hope you can make it. I know how busy you are,
but I promise you it'll be fun!” can really make a difference
to your guest. Writing invitations for casual gatherings isn't
difficult. A personalized invitation is always best.
Writing invitations to a birthday party can be the most fun.
If you're throwing a birthday party for someone, it's likely
you know them well. Is your birthday person sentimental? Hip? A
gardener? Someone with a dry sense of humor? Try to design your
invitation to appeal to the guest of honor. A flowery, romantic
invitation will suit the sentimental friend while a humorous
invitation inviting your dry humor friend to a roast – of him
or her – may be a perfect invitation.
Quotes may be freely found at bartleby.com and many other
reference sites. Pithy statements and intellectually
stimulating quotations are out there by the thousands. Dig up a
joke that will be appreciated by all. Such quotations and joke
lines will add a personal and creative touch.
Just remember, when writing invitations, write to your