The Dixie team has pulled together a list of answers to frequently asked questions and some advice from our card designers as a guide for our customers to reference when they create their Holiday cards. Here are our suggestions for addressing and creating holiday cards…
- Proper Plural – Use the plural form of your last name and not the possessive form (Correct: The Collier Family or The Colliers; Incorrect: The Colliers’ or Collier’s). The only proper use of the possessive form is when the invitation reads: “Please join us at The Colliers’ Home.” We see this mistake a lot and we don’t want it to happen to you!
Proper Way to List Names – We prefer to list the husband first, then the wife, followed by children oldest to youngest.
- That Pesky Comma – The Oxford comma is common practice for every day use, but it can sometimes be unnecessary and even distracting on a holiday card. We like the way this name list looks without the Oxford comma on a holiday card:
The Holland Family
Henry, Anna Beth and George
- Monograms – We recommend using a single letter monogram of the family last name. If you are a newly married couple, you might want to use your married three letter monogram. If you’re an engaged couple sending a holiday card or a party invitation that includes a monogram, the bride’s initials should be used or the couples first name initials and not the married monogram.
- Addressing Families on the Envelope – We think either “Mr. and Mrs. John Smith” or “The Smith Family” could work! Using “The Smith Family” includes everyone if the couple has children.
- The Best Photo – Make sure your photo is high resolution and good quality so it will print well. Remember the photo you see on your computer screen or on your phone is backlit and will appear brighter than it will print. So please ensure you do not use a dark photo when customizing your card.
- Photo Logistics – Fill the entire photo box with your photo and zoom in or out to get it placed exactly where you want it. If you zoom too much though, it could reduce the sharpness of your photo. You may click on the photo and move it around or use the buttons on the personalization screen. You may also click the CORNERS of your photo and resize but never click on the SIDES of the photo to move it around as it will distort the photo. If you accidentally do that, re-upload your photo and start again.
- Don’t forget to order some extra cards! We think it is nice to have some extras to send out to someone who sent you a card and you did not have them on your original list.
For Holiday Invitations
- No Zip Needed – No need to include the zip code on an invitation, only include on the envelope return address.
- RSVP – When requesting a reply on an invitation, include “Please Reply” or “RSVP” and not “Please RSVP” as that is asking the recipient to Please Respond Please!
Photo: Mandy Busby Creative