(Closed) Invitations: Please make sure you are spelling your guests’ names correctly

posted 11 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
3060 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I agree!

However, I made a big mistake when I sent out my save the dates – for some unknown reason, I thought one guests husbands name was Matt, when it is actually Chris.  I have no idea why I thought that.  Granted, I have never met him, but still.

She was very cool about it, and asked me who Matt was, and if she could bring Chris instead, lol.  I issued her the biggest apology ever, and promptly sent a new one.  I don’t have the slightest clue what I was thinking.  Ultimate humiliation.


Post # 4
914 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@cakegal: so so true. I cannot tell you how silly I still feel for misspelling one of our gm’s name.  His name is Nick (he’s FH’s high school bff) and when FH sent me the addresses way back when we were gearing up for our STD’s I didn’t ask I just assumed his given name was Nicholas.  And it is, only its spelled, Nicolas!  It has been corrected on all paper products.

Another things that I feel terrible about is that a few of FIL’s friends are Doctors.  When Future Mother-In-Law sent me their list I simply cut/pasted it into the spread sheet and prepped for the STD’s and Invites.  On our RSVP cards they wrote: Dr & Mrs Scott Smith… When I know I addressed them as Mr & Mrs Scott Smith (fictitious name.)  ARGH, I felt terrible yet knew it wasn’t something I did wrong. 

Post # 5
211 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My friend got an invitation with her named spelled wrong and the reason was because the parents of the bride were issueing the invitations and not the bride.  Of course the bride knows how to spell their friends name but someone else may not.  And everyone knows a lot goes into a wedding and people need a lot of help.  But I am super paranoid about spelling peoples names wrong.  I am a bad speller.  Thank goodness for facebook.  Half of my names I doubled checked on facebook.

Post # 7
517 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We misspelled FI’s cousin’s last name of the STD.  As soon as I realized the mistake, I contacted them and apologized profusely.  They were understanding, but I still feel like a blockhead.  Quadruple check everything!

Post # 8
643 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We misspelled a whole family’s last name on the save the dates, invitation, and place cards.  I blame Mike’s mom for misspelling it on the list she gave us.  She printed it from her Christmas card list, so obviously she’s been spelling it wrong forever, too!

I recently got an invitation addressed to Mr. & Mrs. My Maiden Name.  It cracked me up.  I told them about it, so it would be correct on the place cards.

Post # 9
295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

This is a big pet peeve of mine! For some reason, FI’s family couldn’t be bothered to learn to spell my last name over the past nine years, so every time we get something from one of them it’s either address His First My First His Last or His First His Last and My First.

It. Drives. Me. Insane.


Post # 10
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

This is also a pet peeve of mine, as someone who has an unusual first AND last name. (Well, my first name isn’t so much unusual as it is unusually spelled. Thanks, mom and dad!) This particularly bugs me when people ONLY know me from something like Facebook (like my soon-to-be-fiancee’s family or friends), and still spell my name wrong. HOW does that happen? They only know my name because it’s been literally spelled out for them!

Post # 11
4 posts
  • Wedding: December 2010

I’m the MOG and my name was mispelled on the invitation envelope….  🙁

Post # 12
204 posts
Helper bee

We received an invite from our very good friends and they misspelled fi’s last name.  We laughed.  When organizing 200+ addresses things will be missed.  We didn’t think it was a big deal…so much better a name on an envelope that’s thrown away than the wedding info on the actual invitation!

Post # 13
16 posts
  • Wedding: May 2011

@MissDallasCowboy: Totally agree with this!!! My FI’s family still spells my FIRST name wrong on accident sometimes, but you know what? It happens and life will go on.

Post # 14
4107 posts
Honey bee

@jackie-o: i did the SAME thing.  FI has 2 colleagues named Nicolas. i assumed both were Nicholas! lucky we caught it somehow before i even mailed the invitations and lucky i had spare envelopes!

Post # 15
1123 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Not quite the same, but I accidentally wrote the completely wrong last name on my aunt and uncle’s invitation.  It taught me not to watch tv while writing addresses on envelopes!  I didn’t even have a guest with that last name!

Post # 16
96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Totally agree with MissDallasCowboy!  Who cares! 🙂  The brides and grooms have soooo much to worry about, I’m SURE I made a few mistakes on my invites, but I would hope that my friends and family still love me even though I can make mistakes!

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