Protocol Tuesday: How to Write the City on an Invitation?
by Robert Hickey
Tuesday, June 07, 2011


Dear Mr. Hickey,

Everybody I'm inviting knows in which state my ceremony will be. On an invitation should I write “Nashville” or “City of Nashville"?

-- Vicki Cantrell


Dear Ms. Cantrell,

Write (city), (state): Nashville, Tennessee

You would write “city” if “city” is part of the cities name: New York City With some cities don’t have to have a state … like Washington, DC. But for the others, use (city), (state). Our events are so special to us -- sometimes there’s an urge to fancy them up.

Maybe “City of Nashville” sounds grand? Resist the urge to embellish.

Keep it simple.
--Robert Hickey

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