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This is part of an e-mail I once received:

Cna yuo raed tihs?

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According to that e-mail 55% of us can read this without a problem. This is what makes proofreading a difficult thing. Your wedding invitation is one of the few tangible keepsakes from your wedding.  No one wants there to be an error, but they can be very easy to miss. 

Here are some tips to help you proofread your invitation:

  1. Spell-check your text before you send it– but don’t depend on it. This can help to avoid many spelling errors, but won’t catch errors that are actually words, but not the words you meant to write. 

  2. Have it proofread by someone who hasn’t read the text. I think this is the most important tip.  Yes, you should proofread your own invite as well, but be sure to give it to someone else.  When you know what the text should say your mind often fills in the blank – just like the example above.

  3. Proof from a printed copy. The human eye reads material onscreen much more quickly and less carefully.

  4. Read your invitation aloud. This helps to find grammar mistakes or missing/doubled word.

  5. Start at the end. Read your text backwards.

  6. Take a break. A few hours, a day away from reading the text will give you fresh perspective. 

  7. Check the Names. Double and triple check this!

  8. Check the dates. Check that they are the right date and check that the date is on the right day of the week shown next to it.

Don’t assume that your stationer will do the proofreading for you.  They might read the text and find the most glaring errors, but they can’t be as familiar as you are of the details of your event or how to spell your names.  Most companies provide proofs so that the client can proofread to make sure there are no errors before printing.  If there is an error and you do approve it, you are usually responsible for the cost of fixing it.

So, take the time, find a quiet place & use the tips to help avoid mistakes.