Addressing Wedding Invitations
Check these points before dropping your envelopes in the mail!
- Double check the names on your guest list before the envelopes are addressed, to be sure they are spelled correctly.
- Invitations are always addressed to both members of a married couple.
- An invitation to an unmarried couple residing at the same address should be addressed with both names on a single line.
- No abbreviations or initials are used when addressing formal invitations.
- If children are invited but are not receiving a separate invitation, their names may be written on a line below their parents’ names on the inner envelope. If no inner envelope is used, children’s names are written on the outer envelope below the names of their parents.
The couple should also carefully consider where they want their RSVPs sent.
Remember, unless they include a response card or list a different RSVP address inside the invitation, responses and gifts are likely to be sent to the return address on the outer envelope.
Assembly and Mailing Tips
- Allow plenty of time to carefully address, assemble and mail all invitations.
- Organize the master guest list in useful form, such as on file cards, in a computer database, or on a worksheet.
- Before buying stamps, have a completely assembled invitation (or two if variations: one for local guests, another for out-of-town guests that may include additional enclosures) weighed at the post office to determine correct postage.
- A folded formal invitation is properly placed into the inner or outer envelope folded end first, with the printed side facing away from the front of the envelope.
- If the invitation is on a single sheet, it should be placed into the inner envelope (if used) or outer envelope with the printed side facing away from the front of the envelope.
- Insertions go on top of the printed side of the invitation inside the inner envelope (if used) or outer envelope. Tissues are optional.
- If response cards are used, lightly mark the back of each card with an identifying number in case guests neglect to write in their names when RSVPing.
- Before sealing the outer envelope, double- and triple-check that the names on the inner and outer envelopes match up.