Student or Learner
I need your advice,
In an invitation letter to an opening ceremony, if you don't accept flowers because you think it's wasteful. So, are there any polite English expressions that should be noted at the bottom of the letter?
Thank you very much!
It's hard to tell people not to bring or send gifts, because it implies you think you should get gifts.
I don't object to Mike's suggestion, or to "No flowers, please" but it does run the risk of people thinking they must have been expected to bring something, and that something was flowers, so they must bring something else instead.
I advise you, as a matter of business etiquette, that if someone brings them or send them, you accept them, and after the event, simply bring them to a cemetery or senior citizen's center or some other place where they can be appreciated.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
In the UK, the only place you usually see "No flowers" is in a funeral notification (invitation isn't really the right word for that!) People advertise the details of forthcoming family funerals in local/national newspapers. The notice usually gives the name of the deceased, the date of death, the date, time and location of the funeral and then something like "No flowers please" or "Donations (in lieu of flowers) to [name of charity]".
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.