Invitations Place cards and seating arrangements
When do we use invitations? • Christmas Party • Weddings • Wedding Anniversaries • Bridal Showers • Baby Showers • New Years party • Thanksgiving dinner • Halloween Parties
What is in an invitation? All invitations must include the following: • Who is hosting the event? (Miss. Nixon and Mr. Johnson) • Who/What is being celebrated? (birthday, wedding) • When? (date and time) • Where? (place/location of dinner/party)
Formal Wedding Invitation • In a formal invitation the date and year are written out. • Wedding May 7, 1994 is written as Saturday, the seventh of May nineteen hundred and ninety four.
Announcements versus Invitations • An announcement may also have the following information • What is being celebrated • When (time/date) • Where (location) • IMPORTANT DIFFERENCE an announcement is not inviting you to a party or dinner to celebrate. • An announcement gives notification that an event has occurred.
Response Cards What is a response card? • A response card tells the host if the guest will be coming to the celebration • Response cards are placed inside the invitation. • Response cards are small usually 5cm height 8 cm in length. • A small envelope for the response card is also placed inside the invitation. • The envelope for the response card should be self addressed with the postage paid.
Information on Response card • The response card tells host the number of guests who will be attending, or if guest will be attending • Response cards should include the date the response is needed
Addressing an envelope 1. The senders address goes in the top left hand corner of the envelope 2. The persons’ address who is receiving the mail goes in the middle of the envelope 3. The stamp goes in the right hand corner. Adina Ball 1208-10149 Saskatchewan Drive Edmonton Alberta T6E 1A2 Heather Mann Box 8 site 9 RR2 Stony Plain, Alberta Canada T7Z- 1X2
Informal Response • For less formal invitations a response card may be unnecessary. • The invitation will specify how to make response (respond be telephone) • Only respond if unable to make it • No response required • RSVP –please respond (by) • “repondez s’il vous plait”
Seat Placements • Who sits where in a formal setting: • The host and hostess sit at opposite ends of the table • Males and Females sit in intervals • Most important people sit to the right hand side of the host and hostess (guest of honor) Male guest of honor F M F host hostess M F M Female guest of honor
Place cards • The name of each person should be written on a separate card • The place cards are usually put above the plate on the tablecloth, but some people put them on top of the napkin because they are more easily read. • The place cards are usually about 4cm in width (height) and 5 cm in length, sometimes slightly larger. • A family crest may be placed on the place card • Nothing other than a crest must ever be put on a place card; and usually the crests are plain.