Wedding invitations communicate all the details about your wedding. They also set the tone and are the first impression guests will have of your event. And we all want to make a good first impression, especially when it comes to inviting your guests. However, before the invitations can be sent, the envelopes need to be addressed. Addressing envelopes may seem like a simple task, but following proper wedding etiquette ensures that the invitations are received and acknowledged correctly. Read along for some tips for addressing wedding envelopes:
Use Proper Titles and Names
When addressing the envelope, it is important to use proper titles and names. If the guest has a professional title, such as “Dr.” or “Professor,” it should be included. If the guest is married, the envelope should be addressed to both partners, using their full names. If the guest is single, use “Mr.” or “Ms.” followed by their full name.
Address Invitations to the Correct Household
It is essential to address wedding invitations to the correct household. For married guests or if living with a partner, the invitation should be addressed to both. If children are invited, their names should be included on the invitation as well. For single guests, the invitation should be addressed only to them.
Include a Return Address
Always include a return address on the envelope in case the invitation is returned for any reason. The return address should be written (or printed) on the back flap of the envelope.
Handwrite or Print the Envelopes
A beautiful hand-calligraphed envelope surely will catch your guests’ attention if the budget allows. An affordable and no less elegant option is to use a script font, especially the guests’ names. No matter which you choose, it helps to prevent the invitation from being mistaken for junk mail.
Use Proper Postage
This may seem like a no-brainer, but use the correct postage when sending out wedding invitations. The weight of the invitation as well as any enclosures such as RSVP cards, will determine the amount of postage needed. To be sure, take a sample of your invitation suite to the post office and have it weighed. It’s always better to use too much postage than too little to avoid any delays in delivery.
Addressing wedding envelopes may seem like a small detail, but there’s a lot to remember. By following proper wedding etiquette, the invitations will land in your guests’ mailboxes, generating excitement for the big day. However, if all of these details make your head spin, I offer assembly, addressing, and mailing for any semi-custom invitations. If bespoke invitations are what you’re after, assembly, addressing, and mailing is included. I hope you found these tips helpful. Happy planning!