Sep 14

planning a party invitation wording

The hardest part of creating an invitation is getting the wording right.

Do you try to be funny?

Get right to the point?


The whole idea is to get people prepared for your celebration – excited about attending, and to give them a hint about what the party will be like.

Make sure to get the basics covered, then add the cute stuff.

Give them this information, at bare minimum:

  1. Why are you celebrating? Is the party for a birthday? Mention their name and age.
  2. When is the party? List the Date and Time
  3. Where is it? Give the address and possibly town and zip code. Giving the zip code on an invitation is sometime frowned upon. But if your guests are not familiar with the area, they may be using a GPS to find the place and the zip code will help them.
  4. RSVP (request for response, a French phrase répondez s’il vous plaît, meaning “Please respond”). Do you want your guests to call you or email you to let you know they are coming? List both the Date that they should respond by and how they should let you know.

An RSVP date is usually 3-10 days before your party date – when your guests respond to your invitation it will give you a count of guests that are attending so that you can prepare food and goodies for the right number of people. If you are hiring someone to prepare food for you, they may need to know how many guests you expect a week or more in advance. Sometimes party venues require that you let them know 10 days in advance how many you expect at your celebration.

If you would just like to know who is not attending, say “Regrets Only” and list your phone number or email address or both.

After you’ve got those 4 essentials written down, then search for an invitation design that fits your celebration. Also think about if you’d like to add a rhyme or cute saying.

Happy Wording,


P.S. There are some that say you should never put a zip code on an invitation. If the celebration is informal, I say go ahead.

P.P.S. You could write a book about wedding invitation etiquette.

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