(Closed) addressing envelopes to Washington DC-argh!!!

posted 9 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I believe you are correct that you don’t spell out D.C.  I would also abbreviate the quadrants too because they are probably that way in the postal records.  Here in Huntsville all streets have the quadrants too and I have only ever seen SW, SE and not spelled out.

Post # 4
1074 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I don’t know if this helps, but Mrs. Lab sent an invite to President & Mrs. Obama…

And I don’t know what’s ‘proper’, but I would leave it NW/NE since that’s the way the PO is used to seeing it…


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Post # 5
2470 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

good question. I’ve read that DC is an exception however I’ve received invitations with it written out. Same with the quadrants.

Some may argue that spelling out Northwest could slow down postal services, but I never had a problem.

Post # 6
1288 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

You can write out the quadrant, that’s not a problem. I’d write it as Northeast, Northwest, etc.

As for writing out District of Columbia, I have no idea if it’s somehow not the official name, but the envelope will definitely get delivered if it’s spelled out.



Post # 7
1288 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

I just did a quick google search and it looks like D.C. is an exception. But I honestly don’t know why anyone would know that 🙂

Post # 9
1091 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Oakland Manor

If you haven’t done it already, I don’t see a problem writing Northeast, but it is easier for the PO.  For example a DC address would be

1100 17th Street NE

Washington, D.C.


also… if anyone is on I street, spell it eye. weird but true!

Post # 10
776 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Hmm well I am spelling out quadrents and district of columbia for all my DC invites. Not sure if its right but I kinda think it looks more formal/prettier. Like this:

Mr. & Mrs. John Doe

441 K Street Northwest

Apartment 27

Washington, District of Columbia


Post # 11
2532 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I would not spell out quadrants or DC for your invites. I think it will be more difficult for the post office because they are used to just going by NE NW SE SW

Post # 12
1576 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

God bless The Bee for threads like this. lol. Thank you

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