How to Properly Address Your Wedding Invitations by DM Paper Designs

You have designed your beautiful invitations and you are now ready to collect everyone’s addresses and start forming your guest list. Did you know that there is proper wedding etiquette to addressing your invitation envelopes? DM Paper Designs has dug up all of the information you need to properly address your invitations to etiquette standards.

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Guidelines for Guest Addressing

For the names on your invitations:

  • Please include titles for adults, including Mr., Mrs., Miss or Ms., Doctor. These are the only acceptable abbreviations during your addressing, Doctor being the exception.
  • Please make sure that you have included first and last names and that all spelling is correct. Initials are not acceptable; Write “William,” not “W”. Omit the middle name if you do not know it.
  • Please insert the word “and” between guests’ names. An ampersand or “&” should not be used.

How to Properly Address Your Wedding Invitations by DM Paper Designs

The following guidelines apply when wording your guests’ names and addresses:

  • TO A MARRIED COUPLE:Mr. and Mrs. Walter Stuart Brown
  • TO A MARRIED COUPLE WITH CHILDREN UNDER EIGHTEEN:Mr. and Mrs. Walter Stuart Brown
    Jane and Paul Brown
  • TO AN UNMARRIED COUPLE AT THE SAME ADDRESS receive one invitation with names written on separate lines in alphabetical order.Miss (or Ms.) Emily Jones
    Mr. Williams
  • TO A SINGLE WOMAN (PLEASE NOTE: on a formal invitation, Miss is used for an unmarried woman under 21, Ms. for an unmarried woman 21 or over.)Miss (or Ms.) Emily Jones
  • TO A SINGLE MAN
    Mr. John Williams
  • TO A WIDOW, OR A SEPARATED WOMAN
    Mrs. Walter Stuart Brown
  • TO A DIVORCEE WHO IS STILL USING HER FORMER HUSBAND’S NAME
    Mrs. (or Ms.) Smith Robertson or Mrs. (or Ms.) Barbara Smith Robertson (Smith being her maiden name)
  • TO A MARRIED COUPLE WHEN THE WIFE USES HER MAIDEN NAME
    Ms. Emily Jones and Mr. John Williams (Both names are on the same line)
  • TO A SINGLE MAN OR WOMAN AND GUEST
    Mr. Williams and Guest
  • TO A MARRIED COUPLE, BOTH DOCTORS
    The Doctors Williams
  • TO A MARRIED COUPLE, WIFE IS A DOCTOR
    Doctor Emily Jones and Mr. John Williams (She kept her maiden name) or Doctor Emily Williams and Mr. John Williams
  • CHILDREN OVER AGE EIGHTEEN each receive his or her own invitation
  • OTHER ADULT RELATIVES WHO RESIDE IN THE HOUSEHOLD should each receive his or her own invitation

 How to Properly Address Your Wedding Invitations by DM Paper Designs

For Your Addresses

  • ADDRESS 1: Include house number, and street name.Please spell out all words. North, South, East, and West should not be abbreviated. Street, Road, Avenue, Boulevard and Lane should always be written out, not abbreviated. Figures are used in zip codes and house numbers. Numbered streets can be written out, but is not required. For example: Fourteenth Street, vs. 14th Street, or One Hundred and Twenty-Fifth Street, vs. 125th Street. If you are unsure about any abbreviations, please ask us.
  • ADDRESS 2: For additional address information, such as Apartment number, please spell out the word, Apartment vs. Apt., or Suite vs. Ste.
  • CITY, STATE AND ZIP CODE: Please spell out all words and do not use abbreviations. States are spelled out in full (for example: Georgia, not GA).

 How to Properly Address Your Wedding Invitations by DM Paper Designs

Some Extra Advice

  • Invitations should be mailed from six to eight weeks before the wedding.
  • Mail invitations first-class mail, never metered mail.
  • Be sure to include a return address on the invitations.
  • Wedding announcements are addressed the same as invitations, and should be mailed immediately after the wedding.

How to Properly Address Your Wedding Invitations by DM Paper Designs

Guidelines for Guest Addressing for outer and inner envelopes

Many wedding invitations have two separate envelopes, the outer envelope and the inner envelope, which contains the actual invitations.

The following guidelines apply to addressing them:

  • TO A MARRIED COUPLE
    Outer: Mr. and Mrs. Walter Stuart Brown
    Inner: Mr. and Mrs. Brown
  • TO A MARRIED COUPLE WITH CHILDREN UNDER EIGHTEEN
    Outer: Mr. and Mrs. Walter Stuart Brown
    Inner: Mr. and Mrs. Brown
    Jane and Paul
  • TO AN UNMARRIED COUPLE AT THE SAME ADDRESS receive one invitation with names written on separate lines in alphabetical order.
    Outer: Miss (or Ms.) Emily Jones
    Inner: Miss (or Ms.) Jones
    Mr. Williams
  •  TO A SINGLE WOMAN, PLEASE NOTE: on a formal invitation, Ms. used for an unmarried woman 21 or over.Outer: Miss (or Ms.) Emily Jones
    Inner: Miss (or Ms.) Jones
  • TO A SINGLE MAN
    Outer: Mr. John Williams
    Inner: Mr. Williams
  • TO A WIDOW, OR A SEPARATE WOMAN
    Outer: Mrs. Walter Stuart Brown
    Inner: Mrs. Brown

How to Properly Address Your Wedding Invitations by DM Paper Designs

 

  • TO A DIVORCEE WHO IS STILL USING HER FORMER HUSBAND’S NAME
    Outer: Mrs. (or Ms.) Smith Robertson or Mrs. (or Ms.) Barbara Smith Robertson (Smith being her maiden name)
    Inner: Mrs. (or Ms.) Robertson
  • TO A MARRIED COUPLE WHEN THE WIFE USES HER MAIDEN NAME
    Outer: Ms. Emily Jones and Mr. John Williams (Both names are on the same line)
    Inner: Ms. Jones and Mr. Williams
  • TO A SINGLE MAN OR WOMAN AND GUEST
    Outer: Mr. John Williams
    Inner: Mr. Williams and Guest
  • TO A MARRIED COUPLE, BOTH DOCTOR
    Outer: The Doctors Williams
    Inner: The Doctors Williams
  • TO A MARRIED COUPLE, WIFE IS A DOCTOR
    Outer: Doctor Emily Jones and Mr. John Williams (She kept her maiden name) or Doctor Emily Williams and Mr. John Williams
    Inner: Doctor Jones and Mr. Williams (She kept her maiden name) or Doctor Williams and Mr. Williams
  • CHILDREN OVER AGE EIGHTEEN each receive his or her own invitation
  • OTHER ADULT RELATIVES who reside in the household should each receive his or her own invitation

How to Properly Address Your Wedding Invitations by DM Paper Designs

DM Paper Designs was born and grew from a love for creative unique invitations and stationery which are a joy to send and receive! We design and produce each order based on the customer’s vision for their event, whether it be a wedding, corporate event or fundraiser, bar/bat mitzvah, quinceanera, birthday party, new baby, or any other event requiring an invitation, announcement, stationery or printed piece.

To learn more about DM Paper Designs, visit their WeddingInviteLove Profile , website or blog. Connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.

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