Envelope Addressing:

Inner Envelopes

  • Inner envelopes bear the title and last names of the specific people invited. It is acceptable to write familiar names for close family members.
    Examples:     Mr. and Mrs. Sonnek
    Aunt Mary and Uncle Phil
  • The names of children who are 18 years old and younger should be written on separate lines below their parents’ names.
    Example:      Mr. and Mrs. Sonnek
    Leah Sonnek
    Logan Sonnek
  • Children 19 years old or older who still live at home with their parents should receive their own invitation.
  • If inner envelopes are not being used, the children’s names are written on the outer envelope below the names of their parents.

Outer Envelopes

  • Outer envelopes should be addressed conventionally using titles and full names (first, middle, and last).
  • Middle initials aren’t used, so either write out middle names (if known), or omit them.
  • All titles should be written out, except “Mr.” and “Mrs.”
  • All other words should be written out (Street, Saint, Post Office Box, North, Apartment, etc.). House numbers under twenty should be written out, as well.
  • Proper etiquette indicates to write out the state name; however, the two-letter postal code abbreviation is also acceptable when dealing with limited space.

Samples of Addressing:

Married Couple

  • Always addressed to both members of a married couple.
    Example:    Mr. and Mrs. José Anthony Angelil
    Fourteen MacArthur Way
    South Saint Paul, Minnesota 55075

Unmarried Couple – Living Together

  • Addressed to both members of an unmarried couple who live at the same address.
    Example:   Ms. Amelia Redding and Mr. Jeffrey Burton
    25 Xavier Boulevard
    South Saint Paul, Minnesota 55075

Married Couple – Professional Titles

  • If the woman uses her husband’s name socially:
    Example:    Doctor Kenya Boudin and Mr. Carter Boudin
  • If the woman uses her maiden name both professionally and socially:
    Example:    Doctor Kenya Willaree and Mr. Carter Boudin
  • If both are professionals:
    Examples:   Doctors Kenya and Carter Boudin

Including a Guest

  • If using inner and outer envelopes:
    – Outer envelope reads: Mr. Stephen Richard Humphries
    – Inner envelope reads: Mr. Stephen Richard Humphries and Guest
  • If you’re only using one envelope, include a short note with your invitation.
    Example: Dear Stephen, You are welcome to bring a guest to the wedding. Please let me know.
    Regards, Michelle.
    (If time allows and Stephen supplies the information, you can send his guest an invitation, too.)

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