How to address wedding invitations is another lesson that you need to learn when preparing for your wedding day! There’s definitely a wedding invitation etiquette that needs to be followed. When your uniquely tailored wedding invitations have arrived, you’ll want to understand how appropriate titles and abbreviations are used. Don’t panic, look at the guide below to get you started……

The Envelopes

Wedding envelope addressing includes the inner envelope which is less formal and can just have first names, with no other information needed. And the outer envelope which has the full name with a title, and a postal address. Handy tips for outer envelope addressing include:

  • Only using figures for house numbers and postal codes
  • Not using symbols
  • Always spelling the word and – don’t use &
  • Only abbreviating Mr, Mrs, and Ms.
  • Not using initials
  • Writing out Street, Avenue, and Crescent, for example in full

Proper etiquette means that envelopes should be entirely hand addressed. The return address can be placed in the centre of the back flap – this can be an addressed label. Envelope moisteners can be used to avoid having to lick each individual envelope.

Examples of Guest Scenarios

There will be a whole scope of guests living in different situations that may be on your list. The two envelopes will be addressed individually – see a range of addressing here…

Married Couples
The inner envelope:
John and Anne or Mr and Mrs John Guest
The outer envelope:
Mr and Mrs John Guest with the full postal address.

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Married Couples with Different Surnames
The inner envelope:
Simon and Jayne or Mr Barnes and Mrs Fletcher
The outer envelope:
Mr Simon Barnes and Mrs Jayne Fletcher with the full postal address.

Single Women
The inner envelope:
Anita and guest (in lower case letters) or Miss or Ms Anita Ball and guest
The outer envelope:
Miss or Ms Anita Ball and guest with the full postal address.

Single Men
The inner envelope:
Jake and guest or Mr Jake Barber and guest
The outer envelope:
Mr Jake Barber and guest with full postal address.

Families
Children under 18 will be listed by age after the parents:
The inner envelope:
Mark and Lucy or Mr and Mrs Mark PaynePink Roses Wedding CardSamantha
Luke
Amy
The outer envelope:
Mr and Mrs Mark Payne with full postal address.
Children over 18 should receive individual invitations:
The inner envelope:
Group girls together as Misses, and boys as Misters or Messrs:
Louise and Grace or Misses Louise and Grace Jones
Andrew and Steven or Misters Andrew and Steven Jones
The outer envelope:
Miss Louise Jones
Miss Grace Jones followed by the full postal address.
Mr Andrew Jones
Mr Steven Jones followed by the full postal address.

Distinguished Titles
Whichever half of the couple has the highest ranking in the profession will go first regardless of gender. Miscellaneous invites include:

Officers
The inner envelope:
Lieutenant Nicholas and Mr Nicholas
The outer envelope:
Lieutenant Julie Nicholas
Mr Norman Nicholas followed by the full postal address.

Judges
The inner envelope:
Judge and Mrs Bates
The outer envelope:
The Honourable and Mrs David Bates with the full postal address.

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Clergy
The inner envelope:
The Reverend Morris
The outer envelope:
The Reverend Michael Morris with full postal address.

Doctors (Medical)
The inner envelope:
Doctor James and guest
The outer envelope:
Doctor Eric James and full postal address.

Doctors (Married)
The inner envelope:
The Doctors Green
The outer envelope:
Doctors Frank and Georgina Green followed by full postal address.

No Inner Envelope?

Follow the outer envelope addressing guide but clearly state who is invited to the wedding. If you’re inviting parents and children list the children separately, or add “and family”. For single family members and friends add “and guest” on the outer envelope.
Simple!