How to address wedding invitations

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It is important to understand how to address wedding invitations
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Learn how to address wedding invitations so the invite to your day is perfect

As you get ready for the big day, one of the preparations that will require a large amount of your time is the wedding invitations. As you address them, you'll want to use proper etiquette. Following are some guidelines to remember as you address your wedding invitations.

Proper Use of Titles

On the invitations, you will want to include the correct titles. Some people prefer to eliminate the titles and just include the name of the person or couple, such as Jane Brown as opposed to Miss Jane Brown. However, if you choose to use titles, you will want to use them properly. Here are a few examples of addressing titles correctly. Notice that they change according to the outer and inner envelopes.

NOTE: If your invitation does not include an inner envelope, just use the proper title for the outer envelope.

Married Couple Outer: Mr. and Mrs. John Smith Inner: Mr. and Mrs. Smith

Married Couple Wife uses Maiden Name Outer: Mr. John Smith and Mrs. Jane Brown Inner: Mr. Smith and Mrs. Brown

Married Couple Wife is a Doctor Outer: Dr. Jane Brown and Mr. John Smith Inner: Dr. Brown and Mr. Smith

Married Couple Husband is an Officer Outer: Colonel and Mrs. John Smith Inner: Colonel and Mrs. Smith

To a Single Friend Bringing a Guest Outer: Mr. John Smith Inner: Mr. Smith and Guest

To Invite a Family with Children Under Age 18 Outer: Mr. and Mrs. John Smith Inner: Mr. and Mrs. Smith Jake and Rita

Same Gender Couples alphabetically by last name Outer: Miss (or Ms.) Melissa Franklyn Miss (or Ms.) Stella Ziegler Inner: Miss (or Ms.) Franklyn Miss (or Ms.) Ziegler

For more examples of how to properly use names and titles on wedding invitations and announcements, see Wedalert's page.

General Tips

When writing out the address, try to avoid nicknames and abbreviations. You may use abbreviations for titles such as Mr. and Mrs. However, be sure to write out cities and states completely. The only exception here is Washington, D.C. It is very important that you include the accurate address when making out the envelopes. If you want to check zip codes, you can do so at the following website:

Be careful when assembling the contents. Try to limit the number of people helping you in order to avoid too much confusion. You may want to make stacks containing ten of each item, such as envelopes and invites, in order to make sure that every assembly includes all of the necessary items.

Sometimes guests forget to fill out the response card with their name. In order to keep track of them, you may want to number your guest list and put the same number of the back of the response cards. This way, when you receive the responses in the mail, you will know who sent them. This helps identify the guests that forget to write in their name.

If you want children to come to the wedding, include their names on the inside envelope. If you do not wish to have children attend, only write down the names of their parents. Children over the age of 18 should receive their own invitation.

You do not have to send invites to the members of the briday party. However, it is often considered polite to do so. Many of them may appreciate the kind touch.

It is important to understand how to address wedding invitations. By using the proper etiquette, you will set the tone for your big day. You will also show that you understand how to address the guests.

If you have any questions concerning the order of names and addresses on your invites, you can look online for the answers. Many sites offer helpful suggestions and answers to proper etiquette questions. After you send them out, wait for the responses. You are then ready to plan for the rest of your very special day. For a detailed timeline on how to prepare and when get those invites out, a wedding planning website is a perfect place to start.

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