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13 Most Commonly Misspelled Wedding Phrases

13 Most Common Misspelled Wedding PhrasesWe’ve processed thousands of wedding invitations here at the Delphine studio. As orders come in we see the same spelling mistakes over and over. When proofreading your wedding invitations keep an eye out for these 13 most commonly misspelled wedding phrases:

1. honour of your presence (traditional) or honor of your presence (formal)
2. Sacrament of Holy Matrimony (capitalize)
3. Nuptial Mass (capitalize)
4. celebration
5. marriage
6. reception
7. accepts with pleasure
8. declines with regret
9. accommodations (two c’s, two m’s)
10. itinerary
11. hors d’oeuvres
12. R.S.V.P. or R.s.v.p. or répondez s’il vous plaît
13. two thousand thirteen; two thousand fourteen  (no “and” after thousand)

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How to Line an Envelope

How to Line an Envelope via Delphine
You will need: a glue stick, and some clean white paper (not newsprint).

How to Lick an Envelope via Delphine

1. Lay the paper out on a table, covering your workspace. You don’t need a lot; just enough to cover the area that a placemat might be.

2. Open the flap of your envelope so that it lies flat on your papered work area on the table.

3. Insert a liner.

How to Lick an Envelope via Delphine4. Center the liner in the envelope. The top of the liner should come just below the glue on the envelope flap.

5. Holding the liner in place, carefully flip the envelope over, and place on the table. Try not to move the envelope too much, to keep the liner from shifting out of position.

6. Lift the envelope flap, exposing the back of the liner.

7. Apply glue to the liner with your glue stick. Make sure to wipe up any glue that gets on the white paper in your work area, or replace the paper as needed, so that you do not get glue on the front of your envelopes.

How to Lick an Envelope via Delphine8. Close the flap over the liner. Rub gently across the flap, to make sure the liner adheres evenly to the flap. You can use the bottom of the glue stick for this, or the heel of your hand.

9. Store lined envelopes laying flat, with the flap remaining open. Let glue dry. Do not close the flap until you are ready to seal the envelope.

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Whose name comes first on the invitation? Mom or Dad?

Dear Delphine Stationery Etiquette and Tips

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

whose name goes first on wedding invitation

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.

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Stationery vs. Stationary

Stationery vs Stationary Spelling

How to spell Paper Stationery versus StationaryFellow stationers, I know we share a collective “aaaaaargh” every time we see our beloved industry spelled incorrectly.

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.’

“Word to the Wise” graphic courtesy of Fig. 2.  •  Delightful stationery and stationary definition tote by Sapling Press available in their Etsy shop.

 

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“Please R.s.v.p.” is Redundant

Please R.S.V.P. is redundantA gentle reminder … R.S.V.P. is an acronym which stands for “répondez s’il vous plaît.” The literal translation of this French phrase is “respond if it pleases you.”

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.

 

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Dear Delphine, How do I incorporate my fiancé’s military rank into our wedding invitation?

Dear Delphine Stationery Etiquette and Tips

Dear Delphine,
My fiancé is a Marine. How do we incorporate his rank into the invitation? Should it be abbreviated? Does it go under his name?

Thanks for your advice,
Jessica M.
Jacksonville, FL

Dear Jessica,
The traditional way to incorporate a military rank is like this:

Full Rank Full Name, Military Branch

First Lieutenant John Arquette, United States Marine Corps
or
First Lieutenant John Arquette, USMC

To save space, it is okay to abbreviate the military branch. It is also okay to split the name into two lines (Full Rank Full Name on first line — Military Branch on second line).

Rank should be spelled out in full whenever possible. This same protocol should be followed when addressing envelopes to members of the military.

I married a Marine, too! USMC weddings are fun. Tip from experience: order extra booze.

Warm regards,
Erika

 

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Dear Delphine, How do I announce my son’s engagement?

Dear Delphine Stationery Etiquette and Tips

Is it proper for the groom’s parents to announce their son’s engagement to their friends?

My husband and I have lived in several places over the years and we have friends that would like to know about our son’s engagement but won’t be invited to the wedding.  They have known him his entire life and would feel left out if we do not notify them.

I would like to include a photograph of the couple, but what would I say?  I would like to add no gifts expected.

Thanks for your input,
Mary F.
Massanutten, VA

Etiquette Tip GroomFrom time to time we get wedding etiquette questions here at the studio. Mrs. F’s question is so sweet, isn’t it? Here’s the advice we shared with her:

Dear Mrs. F.,
How delightful! The best way to share the wonderful news about your son’s engagement is with a handwritten note to your friends. Jot a quick, personal hello and tell your friends how thrilled you are. It’s perfectly acceptable to include a photograph of the couple.

It is unnecessary to write “no gifts expected” in a personal note (information about gifts is best left to shower invitations or word of mouth).

Traditionally, the “official” engagement notice is published in the bride’s local newspaper by the bride’s parents. If the bride’s family plans to do this you may include a photocopy of the notice in your note to friends

The bride’s family (or the couple) may choose to send engagement notice or a “save the date” card to guests who will be invited to the wedding.

Warm regards,
Erika

If you have any burning wedding invitation questions, shoot them our way; we’re happy to help!

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