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Invitation Do's and Don'ts: Invitation Wording


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When it comes to wording your invitations, it seems anything goes now days, but there are still some rules that should be followed.

All invitation phrasing is in the third person.

Examples:    
  Use:   Do NOT use: 
  ...the birth of their son...   ...birth of our son      
  Smith & Co. invites you to their   Smith & Co. invites your to our
  Jane and Tom invite you to their   Jane and Tom invite you to our

Do NOT use abbreviations.

  • Example:  Spell out words such as Road, Street, and state names; California

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Do NOT print zip codes on an invitation

  • A zip code is not needed to use on-line directions and is never needed on an invitation. Usually the zip code will be on the envelope as the return address.

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Days, dates are always spelled out

  • Example:  Monday or September

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Times and Years should be spelled out on wedding or formal invitations

  • Example:  Four o'clock in the afternoon / Two thousand nineteen
  • Tip: The "o" and "c" in "o'clock" are never capitalized

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Punctuation is not used at the end of the lines except if used in a poem, quote or saying.  (no commas, periods, colons., etc.)

  • Example:  John and Sally invite you to join the fun. (leave off the period)

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Commas can be used to separate information that appears on the same line such as:

  • Example:  November 14, 2019 or Rochester, New York

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Additional Info: Children Allowed, Gifts, Registery:

  • It is socially incorrect to mention "no children allowed" or to mention gifts or where you are registered on invitations.  We have found that our customers follow these rules on strict formal invitations such as black tie or wedding invitations, however, on informal invitations, anything goes and sometimes, the more information, the better.  When in doubt, you can inform your guests of any important details when they RSVP to the invitation.


Next:

What to include on your invitations

Wording your Invitations

RSVP vs. Regrets Only

Dress Code

When to Mail

Apostrophes: When and Where to Use Them

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