How to Address Wedding Invitation Envelopes

It’s time to address your wedding invitations. This is one of those wedding tasks that seems quite simple until you begin. Then suddenly, you’re hit with all sorts of questions. No worries, we’ve got you.

A little advice before we get started – don’t simply dive right in to addressing those envelopes. You’ll want to ask yourself a few questions before you begin the process of adding your guest’s names to those perfectly blank envelopes.

How to Address Wedding Invitation Envelopes

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First, think about the formality of your wedding. This will affect the way you address your invitation envelopes. A black-tie affair might call for one style of addressing while a casual country wedding will use a more informal approach. We’ve included examples for both formal and informal addressing below.

And second, decide how you’ll address those envelopes. Hire a calligrapher, find a generous friend who has fantastic handwriting or create custom printed labels right from your computer.

ADDITIONAL FORMAL ADDRESSING ETIQUETTE RULES

There are a few rules you’ll want to follow, even if your wedding is on the casual side:

  1. Use formal names (no nicknames).
  2. Middle names aren't necessary, but must be spelled out if used (no initials).
  3. Spell out all words such as Apartment, Avenue, Street, etc.
  4. Abbreviate Mr., Mrs., Ms. and Jr.
  5. Write out professional titles such as Doctor or Professor.

WEDDING ENVELOPE ADDRESS EXAMPLES

To a Single Guest

Formal Addressing:
Ms. Samantha Anderson
56 North Ridge Drive
Hartinger, California 28495

Informal:
Sam Anderson
56 North Ridge Drive
Hartinger, CA 28495

To a Single Guest Plus Date

Formal Addressing:
Ms. Anderson & Guest
56 North Ridge Drive
Hartinger, California 28495

Informal:
Sam Anderson and Guest
56 North Ridge Drive
Hartinger, CA 28495

To a Married Couple

Formal Addressing:
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony James
56 North Ridge Drive
Hartinger, California 28495

Informal:
Anthony and Sara James
56 North Ridge Drive
Hartinger, CA 28495

To an Unmarried Couple at Same Address

Formal Addressing:
Ms. Sara Trent
Mr. Anthony James
56 North Ridge Drive
Hartinger, California 28495

Informal:
Sara and Anthony
56 North Ridge Drive
Hartinger, CA 28495

To a Family with Children

Formal Addressing:
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony James and Family
56 North Ridge Drive
Hartinger, California 28495

Informal:
Anthony and Sara James and Family
56 North Ridge Drive
Hartinger, CA 28495

We hope you found this addressing advice and examples helpful! Give us a shout if you need any help as you choose and personalize your wedding invitations and more! xoxo

Happy planning, brides and grooms! xoxo