Bar and Bat Mitzvah Invitations – Accepted Etiquette

Published: 02nd April 2009
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Your Bar or Bat Mitzvah will be a once in a lifetime event to remember. It is a day that celebrates the change from youth to maturity. This event is a great opportunity to connect with friends and relatives starting with your unique Bar / Bat Mitzvah invitations. Some people dread customizing their bar / bat mitzvah invitations, however with a proper understanding of etiquette the process can be fun.

A great phase or opening line can set your invitation apart from the rest. It can be something as simple as "your attendance is requested at..." or could include one of your favorite Jewish scriptures involving the celebration. There are also a few key etiquette cues to take into consideration when writing your invitations. In your invitation, you do not want to use any punctuation after Mr. or Dr. Capital letters only begin sentences, not lines. Just because a sentence carries on to a new line of your invitation, you do not want to capitalize the first letter unless it begins a new sentence. Be sure to capitalize names, though.

The use of years isn't necessary in your Bar and Bat Mitzvah invitations but if you decide to include them, be sure to spell them out. For instance, 2009 would be written as two thousand nine. Times are also spelled out and spoken in reference to the hands on a clock. An example would be that 6:30PM would be written as half past six o'clock in the evening. Following this formula, numbers in the date are spelled out and follow the day, preceding the month. Friday, March 18th would read Friday the eighteenth of March.

Also, when designing and choosing your Bar and Bat Mitzvah invitations, it's also a great time to consider purchasing your thank you notes. As proper etiquette, you will need to send out thank you notes to your guests. Instead of going through the entire process of picking out thank you cards once your Mitzvah has passed, you can find thank you notes that easily match your invites. Don't let your Mitzvah invitations seem like a nerve racking process. With an attention to the proper etiquette your can create a great bar mitzvah invitation and still have fun. Keep in mind as well that extremely formal etiquette only goes along with formal invitations and events. If you are having a more informal gathering, use common sense and have fun with it!

Jeff Fain is an author for Dependable Printing. Please visit Dependable Printing for a great selection of Bar Mitzvah invitations and Bat Mitzvah invitations.

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