Let’s face it, addressing wedding invitations is not everyone’s favorite part of getting married. Writing vows, choosing a dress or suit, deciding on flowers…those are the fun tasks (most of the time). But navigating the rules and etiquette around writing Ms. vs Dr. or whether to write “& Family” vs. all the kids’ names…those are details that get people tangled up. Luckily, we are here to set you straight. In our last blog, we covered the rules around writing names on invitation envelopes. This time, we’re talking about street addresses, guests, and inner envelope etiquette.
Writing Street Addresses on Envelopes
In the address lines, write out Street, Avenue, Boulevard and Post Office Box. It’s preferable to write the zip code without the +4 numbers.
657 North Lydell Avenue
Savannah, Georgia 65440
For a more formal look, write out the name of the state. It is also acceptable to use the two-letter postal code (GA instead of Georgia, for example).
Listing Guests on Invitation Envelopes
If you know the name of your invitee’s guest, add the guest’s name below your invitee’s name.
Mr. Daniel Brooks
Mr. Stephen Thompson
If you do not know the name, and you are using only the outer envelope, you may add “and Guest” next to the invitee’s name.
Mr. Daniel Brooks and Guest
How to Address Inner Envelopes on Wedding Invitations
Traditionally, people used inner envelopes to protect the invitation from the mud and mess of old-fashioned mail delivery. Remember: it used to be delivered by cart in the olden times!) Their use is less necessary these days, but they are still nice to have.
Generally, when addressing an inner envelope, use titles and surnames only: Mr. and Mrs. Fields
For close family and friends, you can use less formal names: Aunt Jenny and Uncle Joe
Couples with young children: Mr. and Mrs. Weber Chloe and Max and Alexis
Couples living together: Ms. Cole and Mr. McKay
Invitee and guest: Ms. Cole and Guest
Military and professional titles: Judge Simon and Mrs. Simon
So there you have it: all the ins and outs of addressing wedding invitations. Whew! Now get writing…you’ve got this!
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