Addressing Wedding Invitation Etiquette

Addressing wedding invitation etiquette is something that every bride and groom should be aware of. When you send out invitations to your guests there are specific ways to write their names on the inner and outer envelopes. Although a lot of couples these days are having very casual weddings, invitation etiquette should still be observed. It lets your guests know that you are thinking of them and helps make the process easy for you.

There are many different ways to address wedding invitation envelopes, depending on the status of your guests. Most wedding invitations have two envelopes. The outer envelope includes the person's name and full address, as well as your address either in the upper right hand corner or on the back flap. The inner envelope only has the person's name written in a specific format.

Follow these wedding invitation formats and you'll be able to address your invitations with ease.

The first category of people that you need to know about is single people. Singles have many different categories. Unless you specifically know the person they'll be bringing to the wedding-for example, if a couple is living together-you should always write "and Guest" instead of listing a name. For unmarried couples who do not live together, send the invitation to the closest friend and include "and Guest" on the envelope.

For single, unmarried women the outer envelope should read either Miss or Ms. Laurie Smith. The inner envelope would be Miss or Ms. Smith. Single males would be Mr. Kevin Harper on the outer envelope and Mr. Harper on the inner envelope. Divorced females who use their married names would be Mrs. Sandra Peters and Mrs. Peters. Divorced females who use their maiden names should be addressed to either Miss or Ms. Julie Andrews and Miss or Ms. Andrews.

Couples have a few tricky situations that you need to deal with. Married couples are addressed Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Johnson and Mr. and Mrs. Johnson. Married couples where the women kept their maiden name would be addressed Mrs. Kelly Smith and Mr. John Dale, with each name appearing on a separate line.  The inner envelope would be Mrs. Smith and Mr. Dale on two different lines.

Children who are under 18 should not be listed on the outer envelope at all. On the inner envelope, you can list them in their birth order. Make sure to only use their first names.

Unmarried couples who live together should be listed alphabetically (Miss Gina Sanders, Mr. Tim Jones on the outer envelope, Miss Sanders and Mr. Jones on the inner envelope). The same goes for same gender partners. List their names alphabetically on the inner and outer envelopes.

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