Katie and I tried to order wedding invitations the other day. The designer person got back to us, and completely changed everything on the invitation. Their reasoning? We did things which "are not customary in stationery etiquette". Here's a list of all the rules the designer wants to enforce.
1. No abbreviations. I can kind of understand this, but is it honestly a big deal if we put "St." instead of "Street"?
2. No upper-case letters. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND THIS AT ALL. It might look "stylish" to have an invitation in all caps or no caps, but I am not E. E. Cummings, nor am I shouting at invitees. I demand to have capital letters in my invitation!
3. No numerals. That is, we can't write something like "February 23". It must be "February Twenty-Third". I can kind of understand this, but it seems like a large waste of space.
4. No ending punctuation. Um, no. Sentences have punctuation, good designer. I don't believe that "it's customary in stationery
etiquette for each line to be read as a separate statement." If everything line is separate, why is it customary for stationery to have paragraph breaks? Why can you split up something, like an address, over multiple lines? And why do YOU use periods at the end of your sentences, if you believe they are unnecessary?
5. No year. It's presumed that the wedding is happening this year, not next year. Well...we never sent out "save the date" cards, so it might be a good idea to keep the year. Just in case.
6. Website link cannot contain "http://". Okay, that's not etiquette. That's just the designer trying to make the website address a little shorter.
7. No zip code in addresses. Um...doesn't seem like a smart move to me.