Wedding envelope addressing is a task in itself. Putting together a wedding invitation is unlike putting together any other piece of mail. Several enclosures usually accompany the invitation itself, and there is a thoughtful order to how they are placed inside the outer envelope. Much care goes into the envelopes and addressing. Nearly as much care as the guest list as well as the invite itself.
I often get a lot of questions about wedding envelope addressing and how they should be addressed.
Traditionally, there are three envelopes in an invitation suite apart from the invite itself.
1. Outer envelope – main mailing envelope
2. Inner envelope – lists guest’s names
3. Return envelope – for RSVPs
I’ll be focusing on just one envelope that contains a wedding invitation and RSVP card with envelope.
Now-a-days, wedding invitations use one envelope, no outer. This contains the wedding invitation and a return RSVP envelope. The address on the envelope should be the family / household address where you are sending the invitation.
The envelope is addressed conventionally using titles, first, (middle), and last names. While titles are abbreviated (Mr., Mrs., Ms., Dr.) all other words such as “Street,” or “Boulevard”, etc. are spelled out. State names may be written in full or use the two-letter postal code abbreviation.
If you plan on using just an outer envelope for your wedding invitation you will want to clearly state who is invited to the wedding. For example, if you’re inviting a family of four, write the parents’ names as shown above and then write out both of the children’s first names on the second line (or write “and family” for a more informal approach). If you are encouraging single friends and family members to bring a guest, be sure to write “and guest” on the outer envelope.
Before you buy stamps, take an assembled invitation to the post office and have it weighed. It’s likely that the inserts, or even an unusually shaped envelope, will call for extra postage.
Don’t forget to put a stamp on the RSVP envelope / postcard. However, if your guests are in a different country remember not to place a stamp on the RSVP envelope / postcard they will have to supply their own in this case.
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