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Hello, September! There’s something about Back to School season that just gets me going. I love lists, schedules, planning, and, of course, school supply shopping. There’s a lot of all that going on here in the Delphine studio this month. Let the big plans, strategy meetings, and brainstorm sessions begin.Pin It
Dear Delphine, I’m confused about how I should order my parents’ names on the invitation. When listing my parents’ names, who comes first? Mom or Dad?
Thanks, Perplexed Bride-to-be
Dear Perplexed, It’s a common question (and the most common error we see when people place orders). Proper etiquette is to list a woman’s name first, man’s second. A simple way to remember this is that a man’s first and last name should never be separated. Each of these examples follow proper etiquette rules:
Anne and Bradley Cline • Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Cline • Mrs. Anne and Mr. Bradley Cline • Dr. Anne and Mr. Bradley Cline • Mrs. Anne and Dr. Bradley Cline
This same rule applies when addressing all your envelopes.
For the record, when referring to paper goods, the correct spelling is ‘stationery’ … and when referring to something standing still, like an exercise bike or a parked car, the correct spelling is ‘stationary.’
Writing “please r.s.v.p.” is like writing “please respond if it pleases you.” Which is silly.
Merci for listening. I will step down from the soap box now.
Now is a good time to stock up on those Forever stamps! And remember if you are sending out invitations with reply envelopes you expect to receive after January 22nd to put an extra penny stamp on them to ensure delivery back to you.
Here’s a quick guide to 2012 USPS rates as they apply to most wedding invitations:
- Save the date, Reply Envelope (with single reply card inside), Single card/invitation: 45 cents
- Invitation set (invitation, reply card, reply envelope, and another card or two, up to 2 oz.): 65 cents
- Response postcard: 32 cents
Keep in mind: square envelopes/postcards, non-bendable envelopes, and extra thick envelopes don’t fit through the USPS machines, so there is an additional fee for being non-machinable — check with local post office for rates or use the usps’s handy postage price calculator.
Besides buying stamps at your local post office, you can buy official USPS stamps online at USPS.com. There are lots of pretty ones to choose from. If you’re looking for something a bit more custom, check out Delphine’s Zazzle shop with stamps to match most of our invitation designs. If you don’t see what you’d like, or need the colors/monogram switched out just let us know and we’ll whip something up for you.