How to Address Wedding Invitations Envelopes
September 13, 2018
Determining the appropriate way to address your wedding invitations envelopes can be a tricky process. Here are our tips so that your invites are everything you want (and NEED) them to be! Find ways to address your wedding invitation envelopes below.
Before You Begin
- Allow plenty of time to address, assemble, and mail all invitations.
- Order extra envelopes—inner and outer—in case of errors.
How to Address the Envelopes
- Double check the spelling of your guests’ names before addressing the envelopes.
- Invitations are always addressed to both members of a married couple.
The Inner Envelope
The inner envelope includes the title and last names of the specific people invited. This allows the host to be very clear about who is invited and who is not invited.
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.
For example, the inner envelope for Mr. and Mrs. James Kidd and the two darling children, Sarah and Jonathan, would be written:
Mr. and Mrs. Kidd
It’s also fine to write familiar names for close family: Aunt Martha and Uncle Bill.
The Outer Envelope
The outer envelope is addressed using titles, first, (middle), and last names.
- An invitation to an unmarried couple residing at the same address is addressed with both names connected by “and.”
- No abbreviations or middle initials are used when addressing formal invitations.
Be sure that “Street,” or “Boulevard” are spelled out. State names should be written in full or use the two-letter postal code abbreviation. An invitation to parents and children is addressed to the parents:
Mr. and Mrs. James Kidd
How to add “and Guest”
Since it’s awkward and impersonal to address the outer envelope as “Mr. James Smith and Guest,” the two envelope system works well. Address the outer envelope to “Mr. James Smith” and the inner envelope to “Mr. James Smith and Guest.”
Forms of Addresses
Traditionally, a woman’s name is listed before a man’s on an envelope address. Nowadays, the order of the names, whether his name or hers comes first, does not matter and either way is acceptable. The exception is when one member of the couple ‘outranks’ the other, the one with the higher rank is always listed first. Here are examples on how to address both the outer and inner envelopes!
|Addressing the Outer Envelope||Addressing the Inner Envelope|
|Unmarried Female||Miss/Ms. Renee Kidd||Miss/Ms. Kidd|
|Unmarried Female + Guest||Miss/Ms. Renee Kidd||Miss/Ms. Kidd and Guest|
|Unmarried Male||Mr. John Smith||Mr. Smith|
|Unmarried Male + Guest||Mr. John Smith||Mr. Smith and Guest|
Same Last Name
|Mr. and Mrs. John Smith||Mr. and Mrs. Smith|
Same Last Name and Their Children
|Mr. and Mrs. John Smith||
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Harry, Larry and Mary
Different Last Names
|Mr. John Smith and Mrs. Jane Ford||Mr. Smith and Mrs. Ford|
Different Last Name and Their Children
|Mr. John Smith and Mrs. Jane Ford||
Mr. Smith and Mrs. Ford
Kayla, Kylie and Lucy
|List Male First:
Mr. John Smith and Ms. Jane Ford
|Mr. Smith and Ms. Ford|
Not Living Together
|Sent to the Friend You Are Closest To:
Mr. John Smith
|Mr. Smith and Ms. Ford|
|Judge||The Honorable John Smith||Judge Smith|
|The Honorable and Mrs. John Smith||Judge and Mrs. Smith|
|Mr. John Smith and Dr. Jane Ford||Mr. Smith and Dr. Ford|