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The etiquette of crossing out your name on personalised stationery

I was helping a friend design some personalised stationery the other week when she asked me for examples of personalised stationery designs used by ‘real’ people, rather than what stationers had on offer / recommended.

Thankfully, Details’ (Magazine) were gracious enough to upload the letters of congratulations they received on their 10th Anniversary, so finding such stationery examples was easier than I initially thought.

That said, my friend raised the question as to why some of the letters had the writers name crossed out and others didn’t? And further, if this was customary – why then bother to have personalised stationery at all?

All very good points, however, after explaining the custom, she thought it was a bit lovely ….. and thankfully was even more keen to get her personalised stationery !

The explanation …… I have always been advised that the crossing out (or not) of one’s name on personalised stationery is a mark of the relationship between the writer and the recipient. The closer the relationship, the more likely the name is to be crossed out, so that the communication is more intimate and less formal. Which, when you think of it, is quite sweet really.

Is that what you have been advised too?






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4 Responses to The etiquette of crossing out your name on personalised stationery

  1. They say you learn something new every day and that was mine for today. Thanks for enlightening me.

  2. Pleasure!!! You’ll laugh as I hadn’t seen anyone do it for ages and then I saw it a couple of days after I wrote this post!

    The editor of the new Australian ‘Elle’ magazine posted the lovely note that Elle MacPherson had sent her, on personalised stationery and she had crossed her name out. How sweet!

  3. I enjoyed reading this post

  4. Swati says:

    My piece of learning for the day. And makes complete sense. Thanks :)

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