Friday, July 18, 2014

Letter Writing Etiquette

Okay, ladies and gents. It’s time to put the snail back in mail. Don’t get us wrong. Today’s technology is a wonderful thing and it’s a wonderful thing that it’s here to stay. After all, without the World Wide Web, we would not have this BLOG, our More Than Paper online store, and we wouldn’t be able to share all our fun stuff, creative ideas and info with you.

We LOVE the high speed internet highway. We couldn’t live without it! There’s only one thing missing in all of today’s trendy technological TERRIFICNESS:  The personal touch. More specifically: The personal letter.

You remember personal letters don’t you? Sure, you do. They’re the kind of letters that are written by hand by REAL people and then are hand-carried by REAL people who drop them into your mailbox presenting you with a pleasant surprise. They’re the kind of letters that are written on lovely personalized stationery that make you feel as though your mother or your grandmother or your best friend from college is standing right next to you. They’re the kind of letters that are keepers; the kind you tie with ribbons and open years and years later just to remember what it felt like to receive that personal touch.

Let’s face it: wouldn’t we ALL be delighted to find one waiting for us in the mailbox today? And don’t we all know someone who would BE delighted to discover tomorrow that the postman had left them more than a pile of bills and a handful of advertising flyers? Yes, ladies and gents. It’s time to put the snail back in mail.

The rules of etiquette have changed considerably since the days when letter writing was considered an art, but there are still a few guidelines for writing a person letter:
  1. A personal letter is a way of communicating between two people who are well acquainted and it usually consists of topics of a personal or friendly nature. Personal letters can either be printed or hand-written.  
  2. The first paragraph of a personal letter should be warm and friendly, asking about the recipient and giving a brief an introduction to the reason for the letter. 
  3. The next few paragraphs should elaborate on your reason for writing, as well as offer any details you may want to convey.
  4. The last paragraph should sum up the main point of the letter, thank the recipient for their time, wish the recipient well, and ask any questions.
So go ahead … grab a pen and some lovely paper and sit down and write to a friend today! Shop some of our favorite styles of stationery for the summer and year round. 

Boatman Geller - Custom Personalized Stationery (Cameron - Large Flat) (434+P03+A02)

Boatman Geller - Custom Personalized Stationery (Icon with Border - Flat Card) (107+C015+B09)

Boatman Geller Stationery - Whale Navy (#20703)

Prints Charming Note Cards/Stationery - Aqua & Green Stylish Chain (Flat) (SN1247)

Prints Charming Note Cards/Stationery - Blue & Green Elegant Floral (Folded) (SN1069)

Shop all of our stationery at More Than Paper and find the style that's right for you and bring back that snail mail! 

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