SOURCE: Invitation Consultants

November 27, 2007 16:08 ET

Instant Etiquette: When It Comes to Weddings, Babies and Parties, the Hipsters Are Turning to Cyberspace for Answers

TAMPA, FL--(Marketwire - November 27, 2007) - Gone are the days of calling mom for sage advice or writing "Mrs. Manners" for etiquette how-to. Today's party givers and announcement addicts are getting their invitation dos and don'ts in a click.

Despite the appeal of trendy e-vites, sending traditional paper invitations by mail is still the American preference. In fact, Americans spend $7.5 billion annually on greeting cards alone (that doesn't include what they spend on invitations or stationery). The biggest change in invitations is not how we send them but "who's" sending them.

"The most frequent questions we receive all revolve around difficult wording situations," says Allison DeMeulder, president of Invitation Consultants one of the original online invitation companies. "Many people have complicated family situations, and the etiquette rules of years ago just don't fit anymore."

If your parents are divorced and remarried, how do you incorporate stepparents on wedding announcements? What if your parents aren't paying for the wedding?

"Everybody wants to get it right when it comes to proper etiquette with their invitations," says DeMeulder, whose online invitation services provide an etiquette "boot-camp" section to answer these and other puzzling questions. "If you can't find answers to what you're looking for, we even provide an online chat option to provide instant consultation."

Besides difficult wording situations, there are other rules of etiquette that many people may have never learned. For example:

Is it proper to use mailing labels on invitation envelopes? Should you use "R.S.V.P." or "Regrets Only"? Is it appropriate to state "no children" on invitations?

You may be surprised to learn how little you know when it comes to invitation etiquette, but the good news is you can brush up in an instant with online invitation consultants like, ( They are also the only online card store that provides major brand invitations in addition to their own original artwork designs; and one of the few sites that offer an address, stuff and mail service.

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