Ever since our studios first opened in 2009 we have provided invitations to thousands of parties, gatherings and special occasions. During that time we have had the funny, the formal and the fantastic on party invitations, so this is our guide to how to convey the Dress Code, RVSP and end time on your party invitations.
It is always essential for the host to make sure that their guests feel welcomed and comfortable, so advice on what to wear will always be appreciated. With the
ability to create your very own Personalised Party Invitations, you have the freedom to tailor your dress code and your dress code wording, as you see fit.
Whether your occasion is formal, informal, intricately planned or spontaneous, your invitation is an integral part of party planning; it completely sets the tone and expectation for the event!
We add to this guide weekly and welcome any further suggestions. Also, our team of Customer Bee’s are on hand to assist in enabling you to design the ideal invitation during UK business hours on +44 (0)1749 899 333.
In no particular order:
Dress: Black Tie (and this usually means full evening or knee-length gowns for ladies)
Dress: White Tie (this is often misinterpreted as a white dinner jacket for men. This is incorrect. It means that men should wear a white tie with a black tails suit and ladies should wear full evening gowns. This is probably one of the most formal dress codes.)
Dress: Jacket and Tie/Cocktail (Meaning a suit for gents and knee-length dresses or evening suits for ladies; normally written on invitations for evening events.)
Dress: Fashionably Formal – popular with hip bars and restaurants in Europe and the UK
Dress: Jacket & Tie for Boys, Smart for Girls! – used for a Goodwood race meeting (Similar to Jacket and Tie/Cocktail – and very appropriate for day events)
Dress: Dress for the Weather – for garden parties….especially when being held in the UK when you can never predict the weather!
Dress: Shawls and jackets might be needed later on in the evening – Summer garden parties
Dress: Regal or Queen Themed – used for Royal Occasion Invites
Dress: Black tie & mask – For a masquerade party
Dress: Dress to Impress – Used for smart / formal parties
Dress: Dress to Feel Fabulous – Used for smart / formal parties
Dress: Just be You – for a more relaxed get-together
Dress: Summer Garden Luncheon, Going onto chilly early evening! – For a Summer Party
Dress: Black Tie with a touch of Wonderland – For a 21st Birthday Party
Dress: Summer Chic – For a 21st Birthday Garden Party
Dress: Smart casual, coloured trousers preferred – For a 50th Birthday On The Golf Course
Dress: Waterproofs essential – For A Canoeing Party
Dress: Polo Chic – For a 50th Birthday
Dress: Pirates And Princesses – For Children’s Party
Dress: Party Frocks – For a Ladies 40th Birthday
Dress: A Witch A Wizard Or A Ghost – For A Halloween Party
Dress: Dress like a Haute Hippie ! – For A Field Party
Dress: Black Tie And Tiaras – For A Christmas Dinner Party
Dress: Summer Smart – For the Formal BBQ/Get together
Dress: Christmas Jumpers and Cocktail Dresses – For A Christmas Party
Dress: Festive – For The Occasion Or Time Of Year
Dress: “Whatever!” – Housewarming party
Dress: Black Tie with Dancing Shoes – For a 40th where they wanted to ensure that guests would bring shoes they could dance in!
Dress: Dictators, Royals,Tyrants and Totty – For a Ball
Dress: Piglets – Children’s party invitation
Dress: Forest & Elf ears – Children’s party invitation
Dress: Black tie- wild west inspired! – For a Westworld themed party
Dress: ‘Relaxed glamour or charm’ – Landmark birthday invitation
Dress: Black Tie with a splash of summer – This was for a summer graduation party
Dress: Relaxed Cocktail – landmark birthday in early September
Dress: Summer garden chic with Optional red trousers (in solidarity with Bart the host) Joint 40th Summer party in a marquee
Dress: Jacket and Tie, no Tiaras! – Golden Wedding anniversary
Dress: Party dresses and party pants – Summer party
Dress: Smart/Casual or ….”Outrageously British/European” Think: Last Night of the Proms!!! – Late summer party
Dress: Cocktail attire – looking for a glamorous turnout by all – a 40th Birthday
Dress: Fully chilled out – Ibiza style house party
Dress: Creative cocktail – Landmark birthday held at a venue
Dress: Summer inspired – 30th Birthday held at a country house
Dress: Ladies who lunch – All female gathering
Dress: Black Tie or Kilts And a bit of glamour – A couples Diamond Wedding anniversary in Scotland
Dress: Glam garden party – London summer party
Dress: middle aged chic – 50th gathering
Dress: Cowboys, Indians, Mexican bandits – Wild West Themed joint 50th’s
Dress: Flowers and glitter, Strictly no denim or sportswear – A Midsummer night’s Dream 21st Celebration
Dress: Frocks & Chinos – for summer garden party
Dress: Black Tie & Country Pursuits – Landmark birthday held at a country estate
Dress: Black tie with a hint of Abba – Summer party
Dress: Nautical Flair – Rowing Club venue for a party
End Time: stagecoaches at 1am – Wild West Themed joint 50th’s
End time: “Carriages and luges at 7.30pm” – Alpine winter themed party
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RSVP Gifts and Themes:
“No gifts please. Instead bring a homemade cake or dessert for the great British Kate off – prizes awarded”
‘No presents, just your presence’
‘No presents under £50!’ – seen on a 90th party invitation along with 7 till late!!
Regrets only. We politely suggest you avoid this. This was, many moons ago, utilised quite widely but nowadays results in the host checking with people they have received the invite. This was feedback to us by a customer who implored us to pass this on as he wished he had not used this RSVP convention.
Bottom left: If you are happy for people to email their replies, place your email on the bottom left R.S.V.P area. If it is your preference (often at 18th and 21st parties) then place it above otherwise, it could display below your postal address. We strongly recommend NOT putting your tel number as, if people call you have no record of the replies ..
R.S.V.P: Lizbeth by 31st July
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