Wedding Invitation Etiquette

Your invitations help set the tone for your event. It is the first impression many people will have and you want to make sure it is a good one.

When sending your list of addresses to me, it is most important that you have each address done exactly how it should be on the envelope. I will copy exactly what you have, letter for letter, so make sure it is all spelled correctly and with proper invitation etiquette.

Also, be sure to include an extra 10 – 15% of blank envelopes to compensate for errors. Occasionally, my pen will catch or I will spell something wrong and have to start over.

I do require a typed list. I accept both Word and Excel format through email or you can include a hard copy with your envelopes. Which ever you are most comfortable with. When having me address invitations that include an inside envelope, please be sure to include that information as well.

Click Here for accepted List Formatting.

If you want your addresses to be centered on the envelope – PLEASE provide your address list with the addresses center justified. Contact me with questions.

Click Here for our invitation preparation guideline

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Single Guests

Guest
Outer Envelope
Inner Envelope
Unmarried Female Miss Kelsey Smith
Ms. Kelsey Smith
Miss Smith (and Guest)
Ms. Smith (and Guest)
Divorced Female, kept married name Mrs. Kelsey Jones Mrs. Kelsey Jones (and Guest)
Kelsey (and Guest)
Divorced Female, back to maiden name Miss Kelsey Smith
Ms Kelsey Smith
Miss Smith (and Guest)
Ms. Smith (and Guest)
Widowed Female Mrs Kelsey Jones
Mrs. Tyler Jones
Mrs. Jones (and Guest)

Children

Guest
Outer Envelope
Inner Envelope
Children under 18 Do not put on outer envelope.  Only list parents. 1 girl = and Anne
1 boy = and Jarod
2 or more children = Jarod and Anne (list by age, oldest to youngest)
Children 18 and older should have their own invitation Miss Anne Bennett
Mr. Jarod Bennett
Miss Bennett (and Guest)
Mr. Bennett (and Guest)Less formal weddings can use:
Anne (and Guest)
Jarod (and Guest)

Couples

Guest
Outer Envelope
Inner Envelope
Unmarried couples who do not live together Miss Anne Bennett
(the only name on the outer should be the person who lives at the address)
Miss Bennett
Mr. Adams
Ms. Smith
(or Anne and Kyle)
Unmarried couples who live together Miss Anne Bennett
Mr. Kyle Adams
Miss Bennett
Mr. Adams
Ms. Smith
(or Anne and Kyle)
Married couples
(notice the use of “and” to signify marriage in the following)
Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Adams Mr. and Mrs. Adams
(or Anne and Kyle if you want to be less formal)
Married Couple – she kept maiden name Mrs. Anne Bennett and Mr. Kyle Adams Mrs. Bennett and Mr. Adams
Married Couple – she has hyphenated last name Mrs. Anne Bennett-Adams and Mr. Kyle Adams Mrs. Anne Bennett-Adams and Mr. Kyle Adams
Married Couple – she has a professional title, he doesn’t Doctor Anne Bennett-Adams and Mr. Kyle Adams Doctor Adams and Mr. Adams
Married Couple – both are doctors The Doctors Adams The Doctors Adams
Married Couple – both are doctors, different last names Doctor Anne Bennett and Doctor Kyle Adams Doctor Bennett and Doctor Adams
Same sex couples
(list in alphabetical order by last name)
Mr. Tyler Smith
Mr. Michael White
Mr. Smith
Mr. White

Single Envelope

(no inner envelope)
As stated above, many of the contemporary invitations do not include an inner envelope. Therefore, all of your information needs to be placed on the single envelope. It is okay to put “and Family” or “and Guest” on the outer envelope – if no inner is provided.

Miscellaneous

Guest
Outer Envelope
Inner Envelope
Judge and spouse The Honorable and Mrs. Edward Jones Judge and Mrs. Edward Jones
Pastor and spouse Reverend and Mrs. Edward jones Reverend and Mrs. Jones

Special Information for Wedding Invitations

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