(Closed) Invite Etiquette Q for the DC bees

posted 8 years ago in Washington, D.C.
Post # 3
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I wouldn’t write out the full state ever, since the post office does use the state abbreviation to make it easier to sort mail.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Hi!  Since it’s “Washington, DC” I don’t think you have to write out “District of Columbia.”  When living in DC (I am now in Arlington) I never received anything with it spelled out.  I hope this helps!

Post # 5
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194 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I agree with Scarlet, you’ll want to keep it as Washington, DC.  Since we aren’t technically a state (someday soon!), it kind of has a different set of rules.  So you should be all set.  Good luck!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

its Washington DC – the DC part is like the state. If you are talking about on an invite, formally you can put the full district of columbia just like i woudl have put virginia written out. but for addresses, use DC.

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

yes our formal invites spelled out district of columbia….

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

It’ll get there if you spell out District of Columbia, but it may take longer.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Definitely spell it out.  It doesn’t take any longer — I sent our save-the-dates at the last mail pickup of the day with DC spelled out and my friends got them the next afternoon.  I was actually floored at how fast they got there (I mean, I know they were within the city where they were sent, but still!).  For your invites, it will look more elegant with the states (and DC) spelled out.  Also, I think it’s traditional to spell it out.

I didn’t, however, spell out the quadrants, I left them as NW, SE, etc.  I know DC mail can be touchy with quadrant mistakes, so I didn’t want to take any chances.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I didn’t spell out DC or the quadrants only because it didn’t fit in the text box on our wrap round address labels that way. I only sent 2 invites to people with DC addresses anyway so I didn’t stress over it, but I WANTED to spell it out.

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