This is our guide to how to convey the Dress Code, RVSP and end time on your party invitations.
We have provided invitations to thousands of parties, gatherings and special occasions over the years. After seeing the funny, the formal and the fantastic on party invitations we often get asked what is the correct format for a Dress Code.
If the event is intricately planned or spontaneous, the invitation is an integral part of the planning. It completely sets the tone and expectation for the event!
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It is 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.
Dress code explained
Black Tie (and this usually means full evening or knee-length gowns for ladies)
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.)
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.)
Fashionably Formal – popular with hip bars and restaurants in Europe and the UK
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 for the Weather – for garden parties….especially when being held in the UK when you can never predict the weather!
Shawls and jackets might be needed later on in the evening – Summer garden parties
Regal or Queen Themed – used for Royal Occasion Invites
Black tie & mask – For a masquerade party
Dress to Impress – Used for smart / formal parties
Creative Dress Codes
Just be You – for a more relaxed get-together
Summer Garden Luncheon, Going onto chilly early evening! – For a Summer Party
Black Tie with a touch of Wonderland – For a 21st Birthday Party
Summer Chic – For a 21st Birthday Garden Party
Smart casual, coloured trousers preferred – For a 50th Birthday On The Golf Course
Waterproofs essential – For A Canoeing Party
Polo Chic – For a 50th Birthday
Pirates And Princesses – For Children’s Party
Party Frocks – For a Ladies 40th Birthday
A Witch A Wizard Or A Ghost – For A Halloween Party
Dress like a Haute Hippie ! – For A Field Party
Black Tie And Tiaras – For A Christmas Dinner Party
Summer Smart – For the Formal BBQ/Get together
Christmas Jumpers and Cocktail Dresses – For A Christmas Party
Festive – For The Occasion Or Time Of Year
“Whatever!” – Housewarming party
Black Tie with Dancing Shoes – For a 40th where they wanted to ensure that guests would bring shoes they could dance in!
Dictators, Royals,Tyrants and Totty – For a Ball
Piglets – Children’s party invitation
Forest & Elf ears – Children’s party invitation
Black tie- wild west inspired! – For a Westworld themed party
Relaxed glamour or charm – Landmark birthday invitation
Black Tie with a splash of summer – This was for a summer graduation party
Relaxed Cocktail – landmark birthday in early September
Summer garden chic with Optional red trousers (in solidarity with Bart the host) Joint 40th Summer party in a marquee
Jacket and Tie, no Tiaras! – Golden Wedding anniversary
Party dresses and party pants – Summer party
Smart / Casual
Outrageously British: think Last Night of the Proms – Late summer party
Cocktail attire – looking for a glamorous turnout by all – a 40th Birthday
Fully chilled out – Ibiza style house party
Creative cocktail – Landmark birthday held at a venue
Summer inspired – 30th Birthday held at a country house
Ladies who lunch – All female gathering
Black Tie or Kilts And a bit of glamour – A couples Diamond Wedding anniversary in Scotland
Glam garden party – London summer party
Middle aged chic – 50th gathering
Cowboys, Indians, Mexican bandits – Wild West Themed joint 50th’s
Flowers and glitter, Strictly no denim or sportswear – A Midsummer night’s Dream 21st Celebration
Frocks & Chinos – for summer garden party
Black Tie & Country Pursuits – Landmark birthday held at a country estate
Black tie with a hint of Abba – Summer party
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
RSVP, Gifts and Themes
No presents please
“No gifts please. Bring a home made cake or dessert for the great British Bake off – prizes awarded”
‘No presents, just your presence’
No presents under £50!
This gem was taken from a 90th birthday party invitation which also stipulated 7 till late!
Including an RSVP
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 you can display your postal address:
R.S.V.P: Lizbeth by 31st July
We strongly recommend NOT putting your tel number as, if people call you have no record of the replies.
Our team are on hand to assist you to create the ideal invitation; call 01749 899 333 during UK business hours.