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Avoiding Classic Mistakes on Party Invitations

Every day, we see countless customer orders cross our desks. Unfortunately, a great percentage of these orders contain easily avoidable mistakes. Of course, we always catch them before your party invitations go to print, but we thought it would be helpful to share some common mistakes you can avoid while personalizing your party invitations.

  1. Apostrophe Use
  2. Use apostrophes to show possession. If you were to sign your card as “The Smiths',” the apostrophe would indicate possession and therefore be incorrect. If you are noting that a party will take place at your house, however, an apostrophe after the “s” indicates that there is more than one person in your family.

    The following examples are correct:

    • "Happy Holidays from The Smiths!" No apostrophe is needed.
    • "Come to a Holiday Party at The Smiths' House!” The apostrophe indicates possession.
  3. Photo Issues
  4. Blurry, grainy or low resolution photos will ruin the crisp, clean look of your party invitations. For photo tips from our professional photographers, check out our Things to Know page for a variety of helpful articles.

  5. Incorrect RSVP Date
  6. If you accidentally enter your RSVP date as later than the actual day of your event, you can expect a call from our customer service specialists. We recommend double checking all dates before you submit your party invitations to avoid scheduling errors, and to ensure a flawless finished product.

  7. “Our” or “Their?”
  8. We often see customers invite friends to celebrate the baptism of “their” child at “our” home—this mistake may be very confusing for your guests! Select one of these pronoun options to follow proper etiquette and keep your invitation language consistent.

    The following examples are correct:

    • Jane and John invite you to celebrate the baptism of their son at their home.
    • We invite you to celebrate the baptism of our son at our home.

  9. AM or PM?
  10. Some customers confuse noon with midnight when writing out 12 am or 12 pm.

    • 12 am refers to midnight.
    • 12 pm refers to noon.

Crossing all your t's, dotting all your i's and double checking all of the above will ensure that nothing on your party invitations detracts from what is most important—the party itself!

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