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Invitation Addressing

To complete your stationary suite, most couple choose to get their envelope addressing printed. Determining the appropriate way to address your wedding invitation envelopes can be a tricky process, we are here to make it easier.

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What’s included in addressing?

Guest Addressing

Your guest names and addresses will be printed in black ink on the front of the envelopes, using fonts that match your chosen design.

Return Addressing

Your name ( Usually The Future Mr. and Mrs. …) and return address will be printed in black ink on the back flap of the envelopes, using fonts that match your chosen design.

Response Card Return Addressing

Your name ( Usually The Future Mr. and Mrs. …) and address will be printed on the front of the envelope. Printing is done in black ink using fonts that match your chosen design.

Addressing Etiquette

A Married Couple

Mr. and Mrs. John Holt

A Married Couple With Different Last Names

List the person you're closest with first on the envelope. If you're similarly acquainted with both, list them in alphabetical order.

Mr. John Holt and Mrs. Samantha Thuente

An Unmarried Couple Living Together

As with a married couple, both names should be included on the envelopes

Mr. Joseph Hirsch and Ms. Rebecca Strecker

A Same-Sex Couple

Use the same rules you would for any other unmarried or married couple.

Ms. Celine Elgin and Ms. Jacqueline Purcell

A Married Woman Doctor or Two Married Doctors

If a woman uses her maiden name professionally and socially, the envelopes should read:

Dr. Anne Barker and Mr. Peter Underwood

If she uses her husband's name socially:

Dr. Anne and Mr. Peter Underwood

If both parties are doctors, you can address the envelope:

Doctors Anne and Peter Underwood

Or

The Doctors Underwood

Those With Other Distinguished Titles

Apply the same rules you use for doctors for military personnel, judges, reverends and so on

The Honorable Jane Kelly and Lieutenant Jonathan Kelly, US Navy

Or if they're both captains in the military:

Captains Jane and Jonathan Kelly, US Navy

Children and Families

For girls under 18, use “Miss." Boys don't need a title until they're 18—then they're addressed as "Mr."

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Abraham
Daniel, Jeffrey, Miss Brittany and Miss Kelly

Children 18 and Older

They should receive their own invitations (unless they're living at home with their parents).

Children 18 and Older

Ms. Audrey Abraham

or

Mr. Jack Abraham

We feel it is always safer to list all invited guests on the invitation rather than simply adding “and family”. This ensures there is no grey area as to who is invited and if they are invited with guests or not. If you don't include each child's name, you're implying that children are not invited. That said, don't be surprised if some guests still mistakenly assume their children are welcome. Some couples do add “adult affair” on their wedding invitation or reception card to clarify that children are not permitted.

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