A hand-written note is the proper way to accept an invitation to a bridal luncheon, unless the host or hostess indicates otherwise by providing an email address on the invitation. Etiquette dictates that an invitation should be accepted or declined promptly, within a few days of receiving the invitation. As with all social writing, the acceptance letter should keep a light and gracious tone but should stay formal. If an RSVP card is provided, it is acceptable to write a quick acceptance note on the back of the card. Otherwise, use standard stationary from an office supply store.
Start your acceptance letter with the word "Dear" and the host or hostess' title and last name followed by a comma. So if the hostess is Jane Doe, your letter will start "Dear Ms. Doe," after which you will skip a line. If you are closely acquainted with the host or hostess, it is acceptable to use his or her first name with no title.
Write a sentence thanking the host or hostess for the invitation.
Write a sentence accepting the invitation. Express your happiness about attending the event in a line such as, "I would be delighted to attend the luncheon" or "It is my pleasure to attend the luncheon."
Express your expectation that the luncheon will be a joy to attend, you are looking forward to spending time with people you have not seen in awhile or you hope this will be the first of many events celebrating the upcoming wedding. An uplifting phrase is best when ending an invitation acceptance.
Finish your letter with a closing such as "Sincerely," followed by your signature.
How to Write a Congratulatory Note to a ...
Etiquette to Respond to an RSVP
How to Compose a Sympathy Message that ...
Proper Etiquette for a Graduation ...
How to Send Thank You Notes for a ...
How to Word Recital Invitations
How to Keep Your Pride & Apologize
Thank You Wording for a Gift of ...
How to Cancel a Bridal Shower
How to Phrase Graduation Announcements
How to Address an Invitation to a Pastor
What Is a Nice Way to Request a Prompt ...
How to Address Place Cards for Weddings
How to Decline a Formal Invitation
Etiquette for Save the Date Envelopes
Sympathy Card Message Ideas
How to Word Invites to a Brunch
Proud of You Letter Ideas
Effective Face-to-Face Communication
Etiquette of Listing the Deceased ...
Kat Stafford is an English professor and technology expert. She worked in the video-game industry and as a search-engine senior editor before beginning her career in higher education. Stafford has been editing and writing for more than 12 years, with work appearing in various online publications. She holds a Master of Arts in English from National University.