Archive for May 9th, 2011

Invitation Etiquette

Monday, May 9th, 2011

It’s that time of year again! Every few months I get together with our typesetters to find out the most common typographical errors, misspellings and etiquette issues that arise with customers orders on a daily basis and then do my best to share our findings with you to clear up those most common mistakes we see on orders.

One of the most popular things we see on bridal shower invitations and baby shower invitations is the listing of registry numbers at specific stores.

For example, we tend to see:

Kate is registered at Babies R Us (Registry # N233NB8799098-N) and Target (Registry # YYGYG76987YZ)

With so much information already on your shower invitation, it is not necessary to list your honoree’s registry numbers on the actual invitation. Any baby or wedding store you go to with a registry system can pull up the honoree with just a first and last name. It will also list a phone number or groom’s name/father-to-be’s name to coincide. There’s no need to list your registry numbers.


Another common error we see is something that will take you back to grade school!  When writing the address of your location or a return address, a comma should separate your city and state.  The state should be followed by one space and then your zip code, (if you wrote the state in long form: Virginia), or two spaces and then a zip code, (if you wrote your state as an abbreviation: VA).

For Example:

124 North Main Street
Cary, North Carolina 27513


124 N. Main St.
Cary, NC  27513

Remember also that when abbreviating your state, there should not be periods in between the letters.  For example, New York should be abbreviated as NY, not N.Y.  This is one of the most common state abbreviations we see done incorrectly.

For common misspellings, below are some of the most common misspelled words we fix on a daily basis:

hors d’oeuvres




babies r us

Check back with my blog for more etiquette updates, or feel free to browse our Etiquette & Advice section on our website which covers everything you’d ever question about etiquette from A to Z!