To assist the toastmaster, or to prevent gatecrashers, the words 'please bring this invitation with you' may be added at the bottom of the invitation card.
Alternatively, and especially for an evening function for which a large invitation card cannot easily be carried in a pocket or handbag, the following wording may be added: 'An admission card will be sent on receipt of your acceptance'.
Admission cards should be printed in Roman type and should not exceed 51/2 x 31/2 inches (14 x 9 cm) in size.
An admission card to a ceremony may be used to allocate a specific seat. To this end, separate admission cards should be sent for a couple, even though they have both been included on the same invitation card.
Names on Admission cards
The guest is shown on an admission card by office or by name, in the form in which he or she is to be announced to the host and hostess.
If by name, this is limited to title, rank and name, except that the following prefixes should be used:
- 'His Grace' for the Archbishops of Canterbury and York
- 'His Eminence' for a cardinal
- 'His [or Her] Excellency' for ambassadors and high commissioners (this may be abbreviated to 'HE' on the card, but not by the announcer)
- The Right Honourable, the Right Worshipful, the Worshipful etc. for civic heads who are so styled