Thursday, February 16, 2012

Addressing Wedding Invitations



Photo Credit: Martha Stewart

Addressing Wedding Invitations

Never use printed labels for a wedding invitation.  Addresses should always be hand written, although printed calligraphy directly onto the envelope has become popular and acceptable.  Everything should be written out for example- Street, Post Office Box, City and State (Washington, District of Columbia), as well as all street numbers smaller than twenty.  The return address, traditionally located on the envelope back flap, should follow the same rules.


 

Single Guest: When inviting a single guest single address the envelope as you would for
Mr. Ryan Smith
Mr. Smith and Guest (Inner Envelope)

Married Couples: Married couples should always have names connected with “and” no matter of title or last name differential.  Another big differential is the names are written on the same line. When the female keeps her maiden name, her name is traditionally listed first.
Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Smith (Inner Envelope)

Children: Parents of children should not assume their children are invited to the wedding.  Look at the invitation closely to see which, if any, of the children are invited to the wedding.  Children’s name (under 18) will be listed on the inner envelope and written in age order, oldest written first. Children over 18 should receive their own invitations.  Siblings over 18 living at the same residency can be included the same invitation with the oldest listed first.
Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Smith (Inner envelope)
Kevin
~
Miss Mary O’Neil
Mr. Jack O’Neil
Miss O’Neil (Inner envelope)
Mr. O’Neil

Unmarried Couples: This invitation is traditionally addressed and sent to the closest friend (if close with both, simply list in alphabetical order). If the couple does not live together, the invitation is only addressed to the guest of residency. If the unmarried couple lives together it is proper to invite both guests.
Miss Kelly O’Neil
Miss O’Neil (Inner Envelope)
Mr. Smith
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Miss Kelly O’Neil
Mr. Ryan Smith
Miss O’Neil (Inner Envelope)
Mr. Smith

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