Sometimes, however, not knowing how to respond to an invitation could get us into trouble, especially if we have to do it in a language which is not our own. Maybe we do not know how to distinguish between an informal tone and a more formal, distant one. Or perhaps we do not know the most appropriate expressions of politeness required for the occasion.
And you? Maybe you have received an invitation to the wedding of an American or a British friend, or an invitation to a work convention abroad. Whatever the occasion, whether you have decided to accept or reject the invitation, read the following article to find the information that you will need to respond in the most appropriate manner.
The invitation can be sent by post, e-mail, e-vite (a website dedicated to the creation, sending, and management of online invitations) or through Facebook. Let’s look at how to respond to these invitations with the appropriate tone.
A Formal Response
Mr and Mrs Smith accept with pleasure your kind invitation for Saturday, 7th July.
Dear Mr and Mrs Morrison,
Thank you for the kind invitation to your wedding. We are looking forward to the celebration. Both Mr Johnson and myself will be accepting the invitation.
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Thank you very much.
Thank you very much for the invitation. However, I will not be able to attend.
I was pleased to receive your invitation to the conference. I am truly honoured. Unfortunately, I have another event scheduled for the same day. I wish I could attend, but I cannot.
I hope to see you soon.
An Informal Response
I am pleased to accept your invitation. Please let me know if I can bring something.
Thank you for the invitation. Unfortunately, I am away that weekend.
When You Arrive
I appreciate the invitation.
Thank you for inviting me.
Before You Go
Thank you for having me / us.
I had a wonderful time.
I thoroughly enjoyed the (conference / seminar).
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