Stationery vs. Stationary

by Vicki on August 2, 2013

While we should always strive to use the proper form for all words, the wedding industry is full of so much terminology, the “lingo” can be tricky. Especially homophones! Of course, our favorite example is stationary vs. stationery.

According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, stationary means “standing still” or “not moving.” Stationery (same source) means “writing paper” and “writing materials.” This can include wedding invitations, ceremony programs, menus, notepads, paper and envelopes. The list goes on!

One should not feel bad about confusing these two similar words as it is very common.

A trick we use at Paper & Chocolate is pap-er to remember station-ery and that staion-ery needs and e-nvelope.

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elaine gonzalez March 6, 2014 at 7:26 pm

Hi Vicki,
It’s been a long time and a lot has happened since we last talked. I seem to remember that I never answered your email about your mother having passed away. So sorry about that.

I was looking for interesting return address labels, saw Caspari and knew you were involved with them in some way. If you have a free moment, please drop me a line.

Best (chocolate),


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