(Closed) Invitation wording..

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
1696 posts
Bumble bee

@SS2012:  Traditionally, back in the days when girls married the boy next door and both of their extended families came from the same town, you did not put the address of either the church or the club on the invitation card, unless they were small and obscure, or had names easily confused with other churches and clubs in the same town.

Then the latter half of the twentieth century came, and people travelled away to college, met other people who had also travelled away from the opposite direction, and then got exciting jobs in yet a third locale; and no-one could find anything without a map. And maps require addresses. So addresses became the norm on invitations.

Then came the iPhone (and Blackberry for those of you who insist on keyboards; and Android devices for the open software crowd, but I digress.) And a quick query into google maps will conduct everyone with a smart phone right to any desired location in the developed world (and a suprisingly high proportion of the developing world) — provided of course that the location in question is not extremely obscure, or easily confused with other churches and clubs in the same town.

So it’s up to you. You can claim to be very Southern and Traditional, and leave the street addresses off. Or, you can claim to be very Web-enabled and Modern, and leave the street addresses off. Or you can go with the mainstream late-twentieth/early-twenty-first practice, and put the address on for the few people who don’t have GPS or smart-phones and are nonetheless planning to provide their own transportation.

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