Correct Way To Address Someone In An Introduction Letter..

Business By -Tubbs Updated 24 Jun 2009 , 1:50pm by -Tubbs

-Tubbs Posted 23 Jun 2009 , 10:31pm
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So, if she's Jane Smith, do you write "Dear Jane" or "Dear Ms Smith"? This is assuming I don't know her - I am writing to local wedding planners to intoduce my business.

Things are so much more casual these days, I don't know what is correct...

Thanks for any pointers.

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maryjsgirl Posted 23 Jun 2009 , 10:33pm
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I would go with Dear Ms Smith, but this year was my first time having to do an introduction letter in almost ten years. icon_rolleyes.gif

Doug Posted 23 Jun 2009 , 10:35pm
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Dear Ms. Smith:


Formal and it uses the colon, not the comma.

for long explanation: The Perdue Online Writing Lab (a.k.a OWL) -- a fantastic resource for all things English grammar and writing connected -- you can tell those very precise engineer types put this resource together -- God LUV uhm!

link: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/653/01/

be sure to read all the way through and click on link to sample letters

Modern Block Format (like the first sample) seems to have won the day for most letters sent today.

sari66 Posted 24 Jun 2009 , 2:32am
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I always address with the Ms, Mr. or Mrs. then when I meet them I ask if i can use their first name.

margaretb Posted 24 Jun 2009 , 4:36am
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Definitely Ms. Smith: -- you want to be professional, and that is the correct address for a business letter. Only move to first names if the person has told you "Call me Jane". If it is someone who is versed in proper ettiquette (which would be nice in a wedding planner), she will be aware of the proper form of address. Practically speaking, I think you are less likely to offend a first name kind of person by calling her Ms. Smith than you are to offend a last name kind of person by calling her Jane.

cylstrial Posted 24 Jun 2009 , 12:55pm
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Just like everyone else said, definitely Dear Ms. Smith!

cylstrial Posted 24 Jun 2009 , 12:55pm
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Just like everyone else said, definitely Dear Ms. Smith!

-Tubbs Posted 24 Jun 2009 , 1:50pm
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Thanks for the input. You've confirmed what I thought, but like I say, even our bank manager calls us by first name these days, so I thought I ought to check!

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