Envelope Addressing Etiquette

With all of the many things that go into planning your special day, it's sometimes easy to miss the little details while tying every thing together (it happens!).  When it comes to addressing envelopes, there are an especially large amount of small details that can get overlooked. If you are having us print your envelopes with digital calligraphy to match your invitations, or having one of our calligraphers address them, we will provide you with an example spreadsheet list to use for inputting all names and addresses. However, we see incomplete lists submitted all the time, so here is a checklist of tips from us, as well as one of our go-to etiquette sites, Emily Post.

IMG_6348 Above is an example of our "digital calligraphy", which is envelope printing to look similar to real calligraphy, done in-house.

- Double (even triple) check the names/streets/cities/etc. on your guest list before the envelopes are addressed, to be sure they are spelled correctly. It is helpful to have at least one other set of eyes look this over for you as well since the names/addresses will be printed or written exactly as they are submitted!

- Invitations are traditionally always addressed to both members of a married couple.

- An invitation to an unmarried couple residing at the same address should be addressed with both names on a single line.

- NO abbreviations or initials are used when addressing formal invitations, and all words should be fully spelled out. This includes "Doctor", "Reverend", "Apartment", "Street", "Avenue", any military titles, etc. and the only exceptions are St. (Saint), and Mr. and Mrs. Not fully spelling out titles, names, and states is the most common mistake that we see when guest addressing spreadsheets are submitted! { see picture below of a technically incorrect envelope without a fully spelled out state }

- If a married couple is being invited that are both doctors, the proper way to address them would be "The Doctors Smith".

- If children are invited but are not receiving a separate invitation, their names should be written on a line below their parents’ names on the inner envelope. If no inner envelope is used, children’s names are written on the outer envelope below the names of their parents.

- If a single guest is being invited to bring a guest, the outer mailing envelope should have only his or her name, and the "and Guest" should be included on the inner envelope. If no inner envelopes are being used, then the "and Guest" would be included on the first line of the outer envelope with the single guest's name.


And there you have it, it's all in the attention to detail! For other how-to etiquette guides make sure to check out Emily Post's full website here. Until next time! <3