Differences Between Formal And Informal Events And Functions

Planning a birthday party and inviting some friends over to have a chat and enjoy a good dinner is not something that requires much work. You do have to set a date, look for a place to eat out (or make dinner yourself) and set aside some money for the preparations, but it is not like you need to have a solid plan to do all of this. 

Organizing formal events is a much different story. Not only is their scope much different from informal parties, but preparations must be looked over and over again multiple times to be certain that there are no conflicts or meaningless additions.

There are really a lot of differences that separate formal and informal events beyond the preparations themselves. Take a look at a few of these by reading the following points: 

The Time They Are Held at:

Formal parties are usually hosted during the evening or night-time on working days, while informal parties don’t really have a specific time: they can be short and held either in the morning, afternoon or evening or even be held throughout the duration of a day. Informal parties are also often held during weekends or festive days are they are really meant as a method of relaxation and recreation.

The Guests

Formal events are most likely limited to a number of invitees who have been selected beforehand. They may be workers at the same company or important figures of related companies and organizations. Wedding invitations Australia  are also generally considered to be formal invitations, being limited to close relatives and friends of the newlywed couple. Guests of informal events can vary depending on what kind of party is held, ranging from small kids and teenagers to adults, although most of the guests tend to be direct acquaintances of the host.

The Atmosphere

Formal events are usually limited to a few events, like a dinner (which may be held as a way of discussing matters in a polite manner) or a small theatrical performance that the guests may be invited to watch. Music may be absent or be limited to calm and soft classical music of jazz. Informal parties like birthdays are all about enjoyment: it is not uncommon to mention the fact that there will be plenty of music (and even a DJ) on perfect 40th birthday party invitations.

The Dress Code

All kinds of formal events will dictate a dress code that the guests need to wear in order to be eligible to enter the event venue. Men are usually expected to wear blazers and suits, while women are encouraged to come in formal dresses and gowns. Dress codes are quite uncommon, if not virtually absent, in informal parties, with everyone being welcome in whatever they may find themselves comfortable in.