Thursday, July 21, 2011

Address List Guide

Anne Elser Calligraphy Address List Guide

After you've reviewed what kind of etiquette guidelines you wish to follow (here's Crane's link to every etiquette question you can imagine), list and number your addresses as you want them to appear on your envelopes. List them in one column only and centered on the page without any other columns or addendums. When numbering, you can put it on top of the address itself, so I know not to include it on the envelope. Numbering your list makes it easier for you and I to refer to a specific address quickly, if needed.

Your job will not begin until the address list is formatted in the manner you wish me to copy them.

My role in your envelope addressing is to provide technically accurate, legible and aesthetically pleasing envelopes. If there are unmarked columns, unclear directions or handwritten notes and addendums in the list you provide me to copy, I must then attempt to interpret through the etiquette filter you have in mind, your intention for each address. My guess is not always accurate and misinterpretations are often made.

So before you provide your list, make sure it's one that I can literally copy word for ford and line for line. Spell out words like Northwest, Road and Street and make sure the punctuation you provide falls within the etiquette standard you're comfortable with.

E-mail a PDF file of your list or provide a printed copy with your envelopes. If you have both outer and inner envelopes, list the outer first.

Mr. and Mrs. John Henry Smith
1234 Beautiful Street
Atlanta, Georgia

Mr. and Mrs. Smith

Tom and Glenda Applegate
5678 Lovely Lane
Atlanta, Georgia

Tom and Glenda Applegate

Ms. Flora Phew
Mr. Alphonse Protti
7890 Austin Avenue, Northwest
Atlanta, Georgia

Ms. Phew
Mr. Protti

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