Invitation Etiquette – Zip Codes on Invitations

When writing the address for my event on my invitation, do I need to include the location’s zip code? This question seems to be growing more and more popular lately and we are often seeing zip codes printed on our customer’s invitations. We thus thought we’d take a moment to share a little etiquette lesson […]

When writing the address for my event on my invitation, do I need to include the location’s zip code?

This question seems to be growing more and more popular lately and we are often seeing zip codes printed on our customer’s invitations. We thus thought we’d take a moment to share a little etiquette lesson with our readers.

When writing invitation text, traditional etiquette dictates that a zip code is not necessary to be printed on an invitation. A city and state printed on the line after the street address is sufficient. The purpose of zip codes is actually for USPS postal regulations for outgoing mail. For directional purposes, it is not needed on MapQuest, GPS, etc. A good rule of thumb is to remember that formal invitations should not have any numbers printed on them. If a number is printed it is written in long-hand numerical form. For example, July nineteenth, six o’clock, etc.

Incorrect:
112 North Main Street
Cary, NC 27513

Correct:
112 North Main Street
Cary, NC

So next time you’re writing your invitations, remember that a zip code is not needed.

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