邀请函包括宴会、舞会、晚餐、聚会、婚礼等各种邀请信件，形式上大体分为两种:一种为正规的格式 (formal correspondence;一种是非正式格式 (informal correspondence)。
例如:“I’d like you and Bob to come to Luncheon next Friday.”这句话中所指的是哪个星期五并不明确，所以应加上具体日期, “I’d like you and Bob to come to luncheon next Friday, May the fifth.”
1. 邀请朋友共进午餐 Inviting a friend to informal luncheon
Will you come to luncheon on , at ?
My niece is visiting us and I think you will enjoy meeting her. She is a charming, very pretty girl … and very good company! will be here, and perhaps we can after luncheon. Do say you’ll come!
2. 邀请朋友同他们不认识的人一起共进晚餐 Inviting friends to supper with the strangers
I know you are interested in , so I’m sure you’ll be interested in ! They are coming here
to supper , and we’d like you and to come, too.
are that very charming couple we met in last summer. They have a wonderful collection of ; and I understand that Mr. Lin Dun is quite an authority on . I’m sure you and Walter will thoroughly enjoy and evening in their company.
We’re planning supper at six; that will give us a nice long evening to talk. If I don’t hear from you before then, I’ll be expecting you on the !
3. 邀请来家中小住及周末聚会 An invitation for a house and weekend party
I hope haven’t any plan for the weekend of as we’d like you to spend it with us at . It’s simply beautiful here now, with everything in bloom!
I think we can promise some good fishing this year. The fish are biting better than ever! So bring your fishing clothes; and be s
ure to bring your tennis things, too, because are coming and I’m sure you’ll want to get out on the courts with them.
There’s a very good train ; I’ve marked it in red on the timetable. It gets you here about which is just in time for dinner. You can get a late train back , or there’s an early express that usually takes on .
We hope nothing will prevent you from coming, as we’re looking forward to your visit … and I know are looking forward to seeing you again, too. Be sure to let us know what train you are taking so that can meet you at the station.
4. 邀请参加招待会 An invitation for a reception
It would give great pleasure to have your presence at a reception in honor of the Chinese delegation.
The reception will be held in the , on . Cocktails will be served promptly at to be followed b dinner at .
sincerely hope you can attend. Let know.
5. 邀请演讲 Inviting someone to address a meeting
would like to extend to you an invitation to be our guest speaker at the to be held at the at o’clock, .
As you know, the department is interested in Since you are familiar with the field, we know your views will be extremely interesting to us.
You will receive further details later, but we would appreciate having your acceptance soon so we may complete our agenda.
6. 邀请参加新厂开工典礼 Invitation to opening ceremony of new factory
Our new factory will be commencing production on and we should like to invite to be present at a celebration to mark the occasion.
As you will appreciate this is an important milestone for this organization, and is the result of continued demand for our products, both at home and overseas. We are inviting all those individuals and trust that you will pay us the compliments of accepting.
Please confirm that you will be able to attend by advising us of your time —— we can arrange for you to be met. All arrangements for your stay will, of course, be made by us at our expense.
如您确能参加，请来函告知您抵达的时间 —— 以便我们为您安排会晤。当然，所有安排您在夜宿的费用，皆将由公司代您支付。