Archive for April 19th, 2010

3rd Person on an Invite

Monday, April 19th, 2010

When writing an invitation we often feel like we should be writing in first person or a combination of 3rd and first person. I have seen this so much as of late on invitations and when read as a whole, it just does not create the most appealing message or invitation to your guests. For the most part, invitations should be written in third person. This way your guests know who the event is for and all invitation information is clear and consistent. It also portrays a sophisticated image to which will reflect upon the invitee. For example:

Incorrect:
Jane Scott and Robert Thompson
invite you to our annual
Summer BBQ

Correct:
Jane Scott and Robert Thompson
invite you to their annual
Summer BBQ

As noted above, the use of “our” and “their” can completely change the ‘voice’ of an invitation. When speaking or writing to someone, you would never say, (when referring to yourselves), Jane and Robert invite you to ‘our’ event. This is a mix of first and third person and does not convey a clear or grammatically correct message. It is always best to use third person consistently throughout the entire invitation. Exceptions to this may be for a child’s birthday event, like a first birthday, when you want to make it sound like your child has written the entire invitation.

If you’re ever unsure, please feel free to contact our customer service or send us an etiquette inquiry. We’re always a fan of helping customers create grammatically and etiquettely correct invitations and stationery.