Archive for November 23rd, 2009

Etiquette – How to Write a Date

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

From time to time I make a point to visit with our professional typesetters to go over any common mistakes, typos or errors found on customer orders in an effort to reinforce those little grammar rules we all forget over the years. The most common errors we have seen recently is the correct way to write the date on an invitation.

Formal: When writing a formal date, one line of text should have the day of the week and month date. The second line of text should have the year. Remember that only the day of the week, month and first letter of the year should be capitalized. All other letters should be lower case. Example:

Saturday, the seventh of November
Two thousand and nine

Informal: Informal dates can be written several different ways, as shown below. The most important thing to remember is to be consistent throughout your invitation. Make sure your RSVP date matches the way your party date was written. Examples:

Saturday, November 7th
November 7th
November 7, 2009

The use of “th” in a date: When writing a date, the use of “th” should only be used when your date is NOT followed by the year. When your date is followed by the year, do NOT use the “th”. For Example:

November 7, 2009
November 7th

November 7
November 7th, 2009

For more etiquette information, feel free to visit our Etiquette and Advice section on the bottom of our website.