Invitation Do's and Don'ts: Invitation Wording
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All invitation phrasing is in the third person: he, she, it, they, him, her, them, his, her, hers, its, their, and theirs.
Use: ...the birth of their son...
Do NOT use: ...birth of our son
Use: Smith & Co. invites you to their
Do NOT use: Smith & Co. invites your to our
Use: Jane and Tom invite you to their
Do NOT use: Jane and Tom invite you to our
For companies and corporations: A company is a collective noun. Both its and their are pronouns. While its is a singular pronoun, their is a plural pronoun.
When a Company takes a plural verb form and plural pronoun, you would use "their."
Example: The Scientific Societies of America invite you to their biannual awards night. (Do not use "our.")
Do NOT use abbreviations.
Example: Spell out words such as Road, Street, and state names; California
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.
Days, dates are always spelled out
Example: Monday or September
Times and Years should be spelled out on wedding or formal invitations
Example: Four o'clock in the afternoon / Two thousand twenty-one
Tip: The "o" and "c" in "o'clock" are never capitalized
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)
Commas can be used to separate information that appears on the same line such as:
Example: November 14, 2019 or Rochester, New York
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.