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Ultimate Q&A Wedding Invitation Guide: Everything you ever wanted to know about Wedding Invitations

Envelope addressing etiquette

When addressing your wedding invitation envelopes, it's important to follow proper etiquette in order to convey the right level of formality and respect to your guests. Here are a few tips for addressing your invitation envelopes:

  • Use formal titles such as "Mr." and "Mrs." for married couples, and "Miss" or "Ms." for unmarried women.

  • Use the full names of your guests, including their middle initials if desired.

  • Address the envelopes to both members of a married or cohabiting couple using "and" rather than "&."

  • Use proper abbreviations for street names, state names, and titles.

  • Avoid using nicknames or shortened versions of names.

  • If you are including children's names on the invitation, list their names on the inner envelope only.

Invitation etiquette

In addition to addressing the envelopes correctly, there are a few other etiquette rules to follow when it comes to wedding invitations:

  • Include the names of the hosts (usually the parents of the couple) on the invitation.

  • Make sure the invitation includes all necessary information, such as the date, time, and location of the ceremony and reception.

  • If your wedding will be a formal, black tie affair, be sure to specify this on the invitation.

  • If you are inviting children to your wedding, it's a good idea to specify this on the invitation.

  • If you are having a destination wedding, it's a good idea to include information about accommodations and travel on the invitation or as an enclosure.

RSVP etiquette

RSVP cards, also known as response cards, allow guests to let you know whether or not they will be attending your wedding. Here are a few tips for handling RSVPs:

  • Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with the RSVP card to make it easier for your guests to respond.