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How to Address Wedding Invitations

Honor your wedding guests by following the proper etiquette in addressing your invitations.


  • Step 1: Plan the timeline Implement a timeline. Invitations should be addressed and sent out six to eight weeks prior to the ceremony.
  • TIP: Invitations should be neatly handwritten, rather than typed.
  • Step 2: Use titles Use full names and titles on the outer envelopes. A married couple would be 'Mr. and Mrs. John Doe." It is also acceptable to include the wife’s first name.
  • TIP: Many invitations include an inner envelope that notes specifically who is invited, or indicates a specific individual 'and guest.' If your invitations don’t have an inner envelope, include this information on the outer envelope.
  • Step 3: Include children List children’s names, from oldest to youngest, on the inner envelope, if they are invited. Children over 18 living in the same household should be sent a separate invitation.
  • Step 4: List occupational titles List the person with an occupational title – such as doctor or judge – first, regardless of gender.
  • Step 5: List friends first Address the person you know better first when inviting unmarried couples, regardless of gender.
  • Step 6: Avoid abbreviations Avoid abbreviations. Words such as "Street" and "Avenue" should be written out.
  • FACT: Did you know? History’s first mention of a white wedding dress was for Anne of Brittany in 1499. It doesn’t occur again until 1530, when the daughter of Henry VII, Margaret Tudor, married James IV.

You Will Need

  • Invitation envelopes
  • A guest list
  • Writing instrument
  • Computer and printer (optional)
  • Clear address labels (optional)

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