A party is not a party without guests. But sometimes, inviting people to your event means a lot of hard work. Sending out invites is a form of validation that the event you’re talking about is not just empty words. It will also set your guests’ expectations.
Inviting people to your party has some unwritten rules. Ultimately, these things will make sure the event will end up a success, something that your guests will remember for a very long time. The etiquette involved should be highly observed, especially if you can’t invite everyone. Here are a few things you need to remember:
Who to Invite
Don’t go inviting people out of obligation. This means you don’t automatically invite those who have invited you to their birthday, wedding or baby shower, especially if you’re not that close to the celebrator or host. Invite your close groups and do your best not to split them up. In cases when you can only invite one group, explain to the other the situation and promise them they will be invited to your other events.
The Format of the Invite
Don’t get too wordy with your invitation. Provide the most important details as much as possible. Don’t forget to include the time, the place and the number of seats you’ve reserved for a particular guest. Don’t forget to include the attire. If you’re holding the party at a lavish venue you booked, inform your guest that a smart casual or formal getup is required.
When to Send Out the Invites
Don’t give a short notice. Otherwise, you won’t get that many attendees. For safety, send out invites at least three weeks before the event. This will be beneficial on the part of your guests, as they will have enough time to decide on it.
Dealing with the Uninvited
There will be some instances when people will find out you’ve organised an event and they’re not invited. Don’t bother if they’re not confronting you. But if they ask you about it, apologise and explain that you couldn’t invite everyone. Be firm with your decision if some people try to get themselves invited.
Inviting people to your party always needs heavy consideration to avoid certain problems and disputes with some people. Laslty, don’t forget to thank the folks who’ve made it to your party.