(Closed) Addressing Invitations

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
158 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I was told by someone not to abbreviate and write out the word. I think either way you should be fine. Good luck!!

Post # 4
240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I am with Staci21, do not abbreviate anything.

Mr. and Mrs. John Doe

1234 A Street Northwest

Washington, D.C.

Post # 5
306 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

DC is a weird place. 99.9% of the mail sent there will just use the letters – like we all use the letters only for the states.

Personally, having lived there for a while, spelling out Northwest just looks weird. I would write it: 1234 A Street NW, Washington, District of Columbia. Even though I spell out DC, the NW just sits happy on the end of the street.   

If you do write it out, I’m sure it’ll get there, but I’m betting formal invites within the District all use NW even as they spell out DC.

Post # 6
4382 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

You spell out everything, or so sayeth my Emily Post book that’s sitting next to me.

Post # 7
499 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

It’ll get here if you write out Northwest.  🙂  I get letters addressed that way sometimes.  Besides, the post office knows NW stands for Northwest, so they’ll get it where it’s going.  Now, forgetting the NW completely will prevent your letter from getting there, since there could be a 1234 A street in NE, SE, or SW (although I suppose the zip codes would be different).  Anyway, don’t forget that part.

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