Home' F and V : Functions and Venues 2013 Contents Invitations set the tone for an event and, done correctly, can
establish a buzz and air of anticipation about your function.
Are you likely to be more excited about Sarah’s 30th that you
heard about on Facebook (complete with a hero-shot of Sarah
after too many cocktails), or Jenny’s 30th, for which you received
an embossed, stylish and glossy invite?
Corporate events (barely) get away with electronic invites, but
if yours is a personally planned do, endeavour to generate a positive
response by hand-delivering or posting formal invites. If it’s
a business function, consider invites that are ‘non-transferrable’ so
there won’t be any surprise attendees. You’ll still have guests asking
if they can swap their invite, but at least you’ll be kept in the loop.
Once you’ve decided on your style of invitation, aim to send them
out six weeks before your chosen date. For weddings or events that
require travel, however, you should give at least three months’ notice.
If your event is at your house, let your neighbours know you’re
having a party and that they should expect noise and cars – even
if it’s a dinner party (they’re notorious for rising noise levels and
raucous laughter as the night wears on and the wine kicks in!).
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