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Addressing Wedding Invitations PDF Print



The wedding invitations envelopes should be addressed on a day when your handwriting is at peak- or perhaps someone in your family or a close friend with particularly lovely handwriting would be willing to address them for you. Only black or dark blue ink should be used. Abbreviations should not be used, except for Mr. and Mrs. Wedding invitations should never be addressed to Mr. J. Johnson and wife, nor should it say, and family. If you want to include children under eighteen in the wedding invitation write:

Mr. and Mrs. Stewart

Nancy, Amy, Rodney


Dates or fiancés of single guests, roommates, children over eighteen and children living apart from their parents may be included on wedding invitations.  When you want someone to know he or she is free to bring a date, address the wedding invitation envelope:


Miss Karen Johnson and guest


Whenever you know someone’s name, it should be included on the wedding invitation. An engaged couple may be invited with one wedding invitation. When children live with their parents, they can be included on the parent’s wedding invitation. When they live on their own, they usually ( but not always) sent separate wedding invitations.


A return address should be included on the envelope of the wedding invitation. It can be written on the back flap or the upper-left-hand corner of the envelope.


A nice touch to any wedding invitation or announcement is to use a pretty, decorative postage stamp on the envelope. Check your post office to see what is available. When you buy the stamps, you might also have the wedding invitation weighted; just to be sure it will go through the mails with the regular postage.





“What are the rules about abbreviations and the use of titles on the outside and inner envelopes?”

 Guests’ names should never be abbreviate on the wedding invitationsexcept when using Dr., Mr., Mrs., and Ms. If you are inviting two physicians with the same last name, you address the wedding invitations to: ”Dr. Joan Smith and Dr. Allen Smith.”


“We are inviting a woman who is separated, but not divorced, from her husband. Should we sent the wedding invitations in her given name or in the name of her husband?”

 Use her given name. On the other hand, if woman is widowed, the wedding invitation should be addressed with her husband’s name.


"I don’t know whether to send individual wedding invitations to a couple living tohether ot to send only one. If one, how should be addressed?”

 Send one wedding invitation placing the names in alphabetical order.


“My mother thinks the bridal party should receive invitations, and I do not believe it is necessary. Should they and if so, what about their guests?”

 Wedding invitations should be mailed to all of your attendants. If you know the name of their guests, that person should be sent his or her own wedding invitation. If not, write “your attendant’s name” and guest  on the wedding invitation envelope.



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