Anatomy of an Invitation Suite

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Anatomy of an Invitation Envelope

GUEST ADDRESS/MAILING ADDRESS (OUTER ENVELOPE)

There are several rules prescribing how the guest address on the outer envelope of the invitation should be written:

RECIPIENT NAMES - The envelope should be addressed using the appropriate salutations, such as Mr., Mrs., Miss or Ms. If the invitation will be sent to a family, only the parent’s names should be included, ie: Mr. and Mrs. Craig Rinde. The children’s names may be listed on the inner envelope. If no inner envelope will be used and it is important to designate that the children are invited, they may be listed on the second line, under their parents’ names. If under 18, they should have no saluation, ie: Hunter and Lauren. If they are over 18 and living at home they should have a salutation, ie: Miss Cassidy Rinde. For an unmarried couple living together, the woman’s name should precede the man’s, ie: Miss Alexandra Widmann // Mr. Craig Rinde, each on a separate line. It is also appropriate to include them on the same line, for a more modern approach, space permitting.

ADDRESS - Traditionally, there should be no abbreviations in the address, this includes the designations for Street, Avenue, Road, etc., as well as the state name. If your guest lives in an apartment, this should be noted on a separate line under the streeet address and the word, “apartment,” should be spelled out.

INNER ENVELOPE - Inner envelopes are traditionally used together with the outer mailing envelope. If an inner envelope is used, the guest names are repeated inside and only the titles and surnames are used, ie: Mr. and Mrs. Rinde instead of Mr. and Mrs. Craig Rinde. Children’s names are listed under their parents. If a guest is invited, this is the place to note that, ie: Miss Alexandra Widmann and guest.


RETURN ADDRESS (OUTER ENVELOPE)

Traditional wedding etiquette has several important guidelines for the return address on the outer invitation envelope:

NAMES - Traditionally, the name(s) of the sender are not included in the return address printing, only the street address, city, state and zip are used. The address used is based on who is issuing the wedding invitations, ie: if the bride’s parents are hosting, then it should be their address printed on the envelope flap. However, the exception to this is if the coupel would like wedding gifts mailed directly to them. If so, it is recommended that the bride use her address here to let the guests know where to send wedding presents.

CITY/STATE - Both the city and state should be written out in full, without abbreviation, according to traditional wedding etiquette. However, it is also appropriate to take a more modern approach and abbreviate the state. The zip code should directly follow the state on the same line.