Ahhh, the distinctive look and feel of wedding invitations. You know them from the beautifully addressed envelopes—a custom stamp, heavy, thick paper, smooth liners, and a crisply printed address.
These things let you know that something special awaits. Guests should notice your wedding invitation in the stack of mail right away so that it’s the first piece they open!
Etiquette for Addressing Your Envelopes
The envelope is the very first first impression guests get of your wedding day. Always choose exquisite quality paper, (we use exclusively premium, heavy weight paper at Kleinfeld Paper), and a beautiful font for printing or professional calligraphy.
Use these customary etiquette guidelines for well-addressed wedding invitation envelopes:
- Married couples – names go on the same line (example below):
- Unmarried couples – names go on two separate lines, with the woman’s name first, or in alphabetical order if the couple is a same-sex couple (example below):
- Families – include “and Family” after the couple’s names (example below):
- Guests – Find out the name of your guest’s date and use the name.
- Use full spellings, including streets, states, titles and middle names when using them.
- Use numerals for street and apartment numbers but write out ‘Apartment’ on a separate line above the street address.
- Mr., Ms., and Mrs. are abbreviated. Choose Ms. Over Miss.
- Spell out titles for doctors, clergy, military and government officials (example below):
- Use title and service designations for active duty military officers, male and female, as follows:
Senior officers – titles such as Captain or Commander go in front of the name;
Junior officers – titles and branch of service go on a separate line after the name;
Non-commissioned officers – use only their service designation (Army, Navy, etc.):
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