It is often difficult to navigate thru the many customs and traditions of greeting card etiquette, especially in today’s changing society. Here are a few guidelines to help you find your way.
Signing Greeting Cards
Traditionally, when signing a card from you and your spouse, the woman’s name would appear first and then her husband’s. This also applies if the couple is unmarried or the wife retains her maiden name.
When signing Christmas cards or other greeting cards from the entire family, the father’s name should appear first, followed by the mother’s and then the children’s. The children’s names should be in order from oldest to youngest. It is also acceptable to use “John and Mary Smith and Family” or “The Smith Family.” However, it is acceptable today to also have the mother’s name first in family signatures such as “Mary, John, Matthew and Susan Smith.” If there are two different last names and the couple has children, then it would be proper to sign the card as “Mary Jones, John Smith and Family.”
Addressing the Envelopes
Always use proper titles such as Mr., Mrs. and Dr.
The man’s name always appears first when addressing an envelope to a married couple.
If a married couple has different last names, the envelope should be addressed to “Mr. Tom Rogers and Ms. Sally James”. If the couple is not married, the names should be listed on separate lines in alphabetical order without the use of the word “and” such as:
Ms. Sally James
Mr. Tom Rogers
Square Holiday Address Labels Add a unique touch to cards, packages and invitations with these holiday-inspired square self-stick address labels. Design Choices: Santa, Snowman, or Tree
Merry Dots Seals and Labels Set These cute merry dots labels and seals set can be used with the matching Photo Cards or on other holiday correspondence. Set includes 48 Seals and 60 Labels
Season’s Greetings Seal and Labels Set These Red labels and seals can be used on all your holiday correspondence. These Red labels and seals can be used on all your holiday correspondence. Seals: 2 1/2″ in diameter Labels: 2 5/8″ x 1″
The use of different ranks of honorifics is somewhat more challenging. Tradition suggests that the person with the higher rank always goes first. For example, “Dr. and Mrs. William Stewart” is suitable. However, if the wife has the title, her name should go first such as “Dr. and Mr. William Stewart.” An alternative to this approach or if the couple has different last names would be to list both names on separate lines with the wife’s name appearing first such as:
Dr. Jane Stewart
Mr. William Stewart
Traditional etiquette calls for addresses to be handwritten on the envelopes; however, especially for larger mailings, it is acceptable and more efficient to run the envelopes through a printer using a classy, scripted font.
Other Things to Keep in Mind when Sending Greeting Cards
- It is preferable to use stamps rather than run envelopes through a postage meter.
- Cards should be inserted into the back of the envelope face up so that when the recipient opens the envelope the face of the card is in front of them.
- Buy the best quality cards that you can afford.
There is a challenge every year to find that one business greeting card to best represent your company in the holiday or Christmas season. When searching through pages of designs on the internet and in catalogs, there will be a copious selection of winter scenes, wreaths, ornaments, symbols of peace, and Christmas card designs.
Tree in Snow Holiday Cards Capturing the scene just before the snow begins covering the tree, this card is printed in cheerful colors and makes an elegant, yet simple statement. Set includes 25 cards and 25 plain White envelopes
Santa and Flag Holiday Cards Combine the spirit of the holiday with your patriotic pride on these holiday cards.
How can you pick the right one? One suggestion is to obtain the opinions of your coworkers and see what business holiday greeting cards catch their eyes and can be a symbol of your corporate image. Consider choosing a business holiday card design that coordinates with your company logo colors. Another suggestion is to order a proof to make sure that the card you want to send is exactly what you want your customers and your potential customers to see.
When choosing greetings to print inside of the holiday cards, it’s a good idea to use a generic sentiment. In this era of political correctness, some people may take offense to a business holiday card that says “Merry Christmas” on the card. Season’s Greetings and Peace on Earth are more universal phrases. You can then always personalize the card with a handwritten note.
Blue Peace on Earth Holiday Cards These elegant cards feature a Silver foil accented dove and ribbon against a rich Blue background. Inside, the verse “May peace and joy be yours during this beautiful season and throughout the coming year” is pre-printed in Blue ink.
Gold Dove on Red Holiday Cards A magnificent white dove, trimmed in gold, is set against a red background on these festive holiday cards. Set includes 25 cards and 25 plain White envelopes
Be sure to select high quality business holiday greeting cards with a good size. This card will likely be displayed around your target audience’s common areas and a greeting card of impressive quality will turn more heads than an inferior one. Your card is a representation of your corporate image. The time you spent negotiating that one perfect holiday or Christmas card can pay off handsomely long after the holiday season and The Gallery Collection gives you the variety for all your greeting cards and personalized Christmas Cards
Winterberry Wreath Holiday Cards A festive winterberry wreath displayed against pale green and cream make this card a stylish choice for sending your holiday wishes to friends and family.
Tree and Truck Holiday Cards A cheerful red truck hauls a Christmas tree to its new home.
Greeting Card Crafts
From Thanksgiving, through the Christmas holidays and until New Year’s Day your mailbox gets filled with holiday greeting cards. You hang them on holiday card trees, string them across a room, use them as decorations for your Christmas tree or even tape them to the walls. But what to do with all those holiday cards after the holidays are over? Some of them are just too pretty to throw away. Some may have sentimental meaning to you.
Below are a few ideas for recycling your favorites. Don’t limit yourself to only Christmas cards. All-occasion cards such as birthday, anniversary and thank you cards also have many beautiful designs you may want to consider.
Christmas Gift Tags
This is so easy. Cut the front of an old Christmas card or just the picture from any greeting card. Punch a hole and place ribbon through it.
Your local craft store sells wooden plaques in all different shapes and sizes. Paint or stain the wood. After it dries, glue the picture to the plaque.
Glue your pictures to cardboard. Laminate or use clear contact paper.
Your favorites designs can be framed and hung on the wall or arrange a few personalized greeting cards in one frame.