If you are sending a formal invitation, for example to a wedding or other important social occasion, you should use a style of address written in the third person (i.e. using your surname and the pronouns ‘they’ or ‘their’ rather than ‘I’, ‘we’, or ‘our’). Include full details of where and when the event is taking place and who the person invited should reply to.

Sample formal invitation
See an example of a formal invitation.
Sample informal invitation
Informal invitations are often not written at all, of course, but if you do decide to write to your guests or email them, remember to include full details of the time and location of the event.
Here’s an example of an informal invitation to a birthday party.
Replying to invitations
When you reply to an invitation, follow the same style and tone as that used in the invitation itself. If your invitation was written in the third person, you should also use it in your reply.
Sample invitation acceptance
See an example of an invitation acceptance.
Sample letter declining an invitation
See an example of a letter declining an invitation.
If the invitation is informal then you can be equally informal in your reply.
In both cases, you should begin by thanking the person for inviting you, and it’s always polite to reply to an invitation promptly.


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