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Etiquette – Punctuation on Invitations

Once in a while I do my best to educate our customers and blog readers on proper invitation etiquette, which is sometimes much different than traditional writing etiquette. The most common etiquette errors I have noticed on invitations lately is the misuse of punctuation.

When writing your invitation, punctuation at the end of a poem or sentence is not necessary, as the break in the lines of text indications a pause sufficient enough to eliminate the punctuation. Exclamation points and question marks can be used for emphasis, but are not necessary. Even a comma can be eliminated if at the end of a line, (not a list). For example:

Unnecessary Punctuation:
It’s time to tumble:
It’s time to play -
It’s time to celebrate,
Emma’s Birthday.

Emma’s 6 Birthday

Friday, April 1st
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Tumbleweed
123 Main Street

RSVP to Karen at 866-888-5555.

Correct Use of Punctuation
It’s time to tumble
It’s time to play
It’s time to celebrate
Emma’s Birthday

Emma’s 6 Birthday
Friday, April 1st
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Tumbleweed
123 Main Street

RSVP to Karen at 866-888-5555

Want to learn more? Check out our Etiquette & Advice section on InvitationBox.com!

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