Post # 1
Hi all, I have a question about invitations that I hope someone can advise me on. Mainly, I’m not sure how to word my own name on them!
Here’s the problem: I’m known to many people in my life by my nickname, which is totally different from my actual first name. (Imagine my real first name is something like “Mary-Elizabeth” but my nickname is “Janie”.) Generally, I use my full name on a professional and legal level and my nickname otherwise. Both names are important to me and part of my identity.
My question is, how do I word this on my invitiations? I really want to include both names but the wording I’ve tried out seems awkward. For example, it looks odd to me to put my nickname in quotation marks on the invite (Mary-Elizabeth “Janie” Rose Smith) but I can’t think of any other way to do it.
Could someone please throw some ideas at me? Thanks!
Post # 3
Hi, welcome to the hive!
I would put it just as you did, with the nick name in quotes. I have seen it put that way several times.
Post # 4
I agree with tksjewelry – just put your middle name in quotes or parenthesis. Anything else runs the risk of looking confusing for your guests.
Post # 5
@HappyCouple: I have the same issue and have no idea what to do. Using your example, my ‘real’ name is Mary-Elizabeth (actually hypenated) but I only ever use Paris. Unless it is super official e.g. Passport, Drivers License, I use just Mary and people are shocked to find it isn’t officially my ‘real’ name. However, when I change my last name I plan to take away the hyphen and make it my middle name. e.g. instead of Mary-Elizabeth Rose Smith I will become Mary Elizabeth M. So what the hell do I use on the invitations? I definitely agree with your idea, a bit easier to fix really, haha, with the nickname in quotation marks 🙂