Addressing Invitations

Addressing Wedding Invitations
When addressing your invitation envelopes, use your most elegant penmanship. If you wish to improve plain handwriting, purchase a calligraphy pen.  Your envelopes should be addressed by using the following etiquette:

Inner Envelopes
  • Exclude the first names of the recipients.
    • Example:  Mr. and Mrs. Jones
  • Write the parents’ names on the first line and the children to be invited below the parents’ names in order of age.
    • Example:  Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jones
      Erin, Mike, Mark and Megan
  • Children over the age of 16 should receive their own invitation.
  • Omit children’s names if you are planning an adult-only celebration.
  • If an invitation to a single guest extends to an unknown escort, address the inner envelope with your guest’s name followed by “and guest.” 
    • Example:  Miss Johannesen and Guest
Outer Envelopes

  • Use full names and formal titles. Do not abbreviate.
  • Do not use symbols. Spell out the word “and.”
  • Do not use initials. Spell out all names.
  • Do not write “and family” if children are to be included in the invitations; write the first names of the children below the parents’ names. (See Inner Envelopes)
  • Use figures only when writing house numbers and zip codes.  Ex: 126 Park Avenue
  • Write out the words “Street,” “Avenue,” “Boulevard,” etc.
  • Do not abbreviate state names.
Single Outer Envelopes
If you have selected an invitation that does not include an inner envelope or choose not to use your inner envelope to reduce mailing costs, you may follow traditional addressing rules for outer envelopes. For a traditional single outer envelope address, include the names of children to be invited below the parents’ names as on a standard inner envelope. Write “and guest” as it would have appeared on an inner envelope. For a more creative way to address single outer envelopes, enclose a note with your invitation welcoming an escort or telephone friends to obtain the names of their escorts and send their personal invitations.

Mailing Your Invitations
  • Mail all invitations at the same time, four to six weeks before the wedding date, using first class postage. If you will be enclosing response cards in your invitations, remember to include stamps on the return envelopes as well.
  • Often, assembled invitations require additional postage. To avoid postal delays and returned invitations, take a completely assembled invitation to your post office to determine proper postage.
  • Be sure to include a return address on each outer envelope. Invitations returned by the post office will allow you to invite those individuals personally.

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