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Coordinating Addressing Labels
Available in 10 design choices and 38 color options, Ann’s mailing labels are the perfect complement to any wedding invitation ensemble. And, guess what? Each of our mailing labels matches an existing invitation design!

Coordinating Addressing LabelsEtiquette says guests’ addresses should be handwritten or nicely printed, so how should you use print-your-own address labels?

• As return address labels on wedding invitations, respond cards or respond postcards.

• As main address labels on shower invitations and thank you notes.

• As return address labels on shower invitations and thank you notes.

Using Ann’s print-your-own address labels is easy, too!  Just download the Word document in this post, enter the address information and print.

Print Your Own Address Labels – Template

Envelope Addressing

Envelope Addressing

Question: What are the inner and outer envelopes for? Do I address both envelopes?

Answer: The majority of Ann’s invitations come with outer envelopes only, but we do offer invitations with inner envelopes as well. The inner envelope is still a common part of today’s wedding invitation ensemble, but has become a more traditional/formal element. Our Wedding Planning Guide article, Helpful tips for assembling/addressing your invitations, has a thorough explanation of the inner and outer envelopes. Check it out! 

Question: I like the separate and send wedding invitations, but how do you address them? Is it the same as a regular invitation?

Answer: Yes. Sep and send invitations are addressed the same as traditional invitations. The only difference is that this value set comes with the invitation, reception card and respond card all on one sheet, which you separate before assembling. You still receive an outer envelope and an envelope for the respond card, both of which you’ll need to address.

Question: Are seal and send invitations truly just “seal and send,” or do I address it like any other invitation?

Answer: Seal and send invitations do not come with outer envelopes, but there is a place for you to write the recipient’s address on the front of the folded seal and send. Unlike traditional invitations, the price of a seal and send includes printing your return address on the outside and on the respond card.  To learn more about seal and send invitations, read “What’s the deal on Seal and Sends?”. 

Question: Do I have to handwrite guests’ addresses on the wedding invitations? Can I use address labels?

Answer: Wedding invitations should be hand addressed, but it is acceptable to have envelopes nicely printed with guests’ addresses. (Consider Ann’s addressing service to save yourself some time and effort.) According to etiquette, address labels are not acceptable for guests’ addresses. However, they are acceptable for the return address on the outer envelopes and the respond card envelopes, especially if they coordinate nicely with the invite’s design (like our Flowers and Flourishes Wedding Invitation and address label).

Before you start addressing, see the “Top 10 Things to Remember When Addressing Your Wedding Invitation Envelopes.”

Wedding Planning Checklist: Section 5: Part 1


Assembling and addressing your wedding invitations are no easy tasks. Here are brief guides to help you tackle each of these important steps in the invitation process.

Assembly in 5 Easy Steps

1. Insert the wedding invitation into the inner envelope (if applicable). The printed side of the invitation should face you.

2. Place the reception card in front of the invitation with printed side up.

3. If you’re including other enclosures, like direction cards or accommodation cards, place them in front of the reception card printed side up.

4. The respond card is next. This card should be tucked under the flap of the respond card envelope, printed side up. Be sure to place a stamp on the envelope. Then place the card and envelope in front of the enclosures mentioned in step 3.

5. Once you have all the pieces assembled in the correct order, slide the inner envelope into the outer envelope with the front of the inner envelope facing you. If you don’t have an inner envelope, tuck the stacked invitation pieces into the outer envelope with the printed sides facing you.

(Want a visual? Visit our blog post, A Simple Guide to Assembling Your Wedding Invitations for illustrated instructions.)


Addressing the Situation


What are inner envelopes?

The inner envelope is still a common part of the wedding invitation ensemble, but has become a more traditional/formal element. Its purpose is to hold the invitation and all the enclosures together within the main envelope. The inner envelope is slightly smaller and has no adhesive on the flap. You will find many of today’s wedding invitations don’t include an inner envelope option.


How are inner envelopes addressed?

If your invitation includes an inner envelope, it will be addressed with the names of each guest. You may address inner envelopes formally or informally, as shown below. If you are allowing single guests to bring a date, add “and guest” or the guest’s first and last name. If children are invited, write the children’s first names under their parents’ names.

Formal Addressing guide

Informal Addressing guide

What are outer envelopes?

The outer envelope holds the entire invitation. It includes an adhesive flap for sealing and is addressed for mailing. Almost all wedding invitations come with outer envelopes.


How are outer envelopes addressed?

Outer envelopes are normally addressed in a formal manner, meaning titles and last names. No abbreviations are used except for titles, such as Ms., Mrs., Mr., and Jr. That means all words in the address are spelled out (St. would be Street, Blvd. would be Boulevard, etc.) Sound like a lot of work? It is! So order your invitations early to give yourself some time or take advantage of Ann’s envelope-addressing service.


(For more addressing details, check out Top 10 Things to Remember When Addressing Your Wedding Invitations.)