Writing Paper

Paper

Personal letters should be handwritten on white, ivory or cream paper, with a minimum weight of 100 gsm to avoid show through. The standard size is either W6¼ x H8 inches (16 x 20 cm) or W5½ x H7 inches (14 x 18 cm).

More contemporary styles may be in more adventurous colours, with matching or contrasting envelopes.

Watermarked paper is usually a sign of good quality.

Use a lined undersheet to keep text straight, and use black or blue ink.

Letterhead

A personal letterhead should include postal address and telephone number.

Do not include your name or email address in a letterhead used for purely social personal correspondence.

If budget allows, have letterheads engraved.

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