What You Should Know About Addressing Your Wedding Invitations

Last week, we went over the stationery pieces you should include in your wedding invitation suite, so this week we'll talk about the envelopes! As with most things regarding your wedding stationery, the level of tradition and formality that you use is entirely up to you — but if you're interested in address etiquette or want to know more about the way addresses are traditionally handled, here's some information on how it's done.

 


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Whether you're going with the traditional card-and-envelope combination or the postcard option, you'll want to pre-address your RSVPs for your invitees. Traditionally, reply envelopes are addressed to the host of the wedding — in modern practice, they are sent to whoever is handling RSVPs, whether that's the host, the couple, a family member, or otherwise. If you want to adhere strictly to etiquette, also keep in mind that an unmarried couple's names are not traditionally supposed to appear together in print.

 

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Mailing envelopes are typically formatted with your guest addresses on the front and return address centered on the back flap (this does not have to be the same return address that you use on your reply envelopes). For the address itself, etiquette states that you should spell out all street names, cities, states and countries. See below for traditional practices regarding various salutations:

TO A SINGLE PERSON

Mr. Timothy Spellman
OR
Mr. Timothy Spellman
and Guest

TO A MARRIED COUPLE

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Preston
OR
Mrs. Eileen and Mr. Michael Preston

TO A MARRIED COUPLE WITH DIFFERENT LAST NAMES

Mr. Michael Preston and Mrs. Eileen Fischer
*This formatting is also used for same sex couples.

TO AN UNMARRIED COUPLE LIVING TOGETHER

Mr. Ryan Smith
Ms. Amelia Bradley

TO A WHOLE FAMILY

Mr. and Mrs. Liam West
and Family
OR
Mr. and Mrs. Liam West
Melanie, Tristan, and Rachel
*Anyone over 18 years old should receive their own invitation.

TO A DOCTOR (OR DOCTORS)

Dr. and Mrs. James Howard
OR
Doctors Megan and James Howard
*The doctor always appears first, regardless of gender.


 

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