If we are printing guests’ addresses for you, please provide your guest list in a spreadsheet, formatted like this example below. Please type out everything exactly how you would like it printed (we will not make any corrections or edits for you). If you want to use proper prefixes such as “Mr. and Mrs.” please type it out like that. We also recommend spelling out all street addresses and states, instead of using abbreviations. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Here are some guidelines for properly addressed envelopes. But modern day couples may choose to address their guests in a more informal manner and just address them by how they know them best. Feel free to email us if you have any questions!
Spell out the husband's first and last name: "Mr. and Mrs. John Smith." If the wife did not take the husband's last name, list her name first using Ms.: "Ms. Mary Jenkins and Mr. John Smith."
Unmarried Couple Living Together
Address them together: "Ms. Ann Brown and Mr. Josh Wood"
Unmarried Couple Not Living Together
It would be best to send each guest their own invitation. But if you feel you do not know the guest's boyfriend/girlfriend well enough, you may want to just send one to the person that you know best. You could address each person on its own line (put the second person not living at the address on line 2). You can also use inner/outer envelopes to clarify that they are both invited. The outer envelope would read "Mr. James Wright" and the inner envelope would read "James and Sally." Please inquire with us about this type of envelope upgrade.
Same Sex Couple
In this case, it is totally acceptable to put either guest first. If you can’t decide, address them in alphabetical order.
After a divorce, a woman might keep her married name. In this instance, it is okay to use "Mrs." or "Ms." It is often best to find out what she prefers to go by.
Traditionally, a widow retains her husband's name until she remarries. Some widows prefer to use their own first name as well. In this case, it is best to ask what she prefers. "Mrs. David Ross" or "Mrs. Sharon Ross" would be acceptable.
It is proper to use "Ms." if she is over the age of 16. If she is younger, "Miss" is the acceptable choice.
Single Guest, Plus One
If your single guest is welcome to bring a guest, it is best to find out if they already know who their guest will be so you can address an invitation to both of them. But if they do not know who they will be bringing yet, you can slip a note in the invitation or notify them personally by phone or email that they are welcome to bring a guest. Some customers just put "Mr. James Wright and Guest" on the main envelope. But it is more proper to use inner/outer envelopes to clarify that they can bring a guest. The outer envelope would read "Mr James Wright" and the inner envelope would read "James and Guest." Please inquire with us about this type of envelope upgrade.
Children and Families
If children are invited, their name should be included on the envelope below their parents name. For girls under 18, use "Miss". Boys under 18 do not need a title. Their last names do not need to be included. If you do not wish to list out every child's name, it is also acceptable to just put "The Smith Family" for simplicity purposes.
You can also use inner/outer envelopes to clarify who in the family is invited. The outer envelope would read "Mr. and Mrs. John Smith" or "The Smith Family" and the inner envelope would read "John, Mary, Susie, Jacob, and Sophia." Please inquire with us about this type of envelope upgrade.
If a child is over 18, they should receive their own invitation even if they are living at the same household.
If the husband is a doctor, address the couple as "Dr. and Mrs. Henry Mackay." In the case of married doctors and the wife has taken her husband's last name, it is proper to use: "The Doctors Mackay." Another acceptable option: "Drs. Barbara and Henry Mackay." If the wife did not take the husband's last name, the wife would go first: "Dr. Barbara Dunn and Dr. Henry Mackay." If the wife is a doctor, and her husband is not, address invitations to "Dr. Barbara Dunn and Mr. Henry Mackay." Her name comes first because her professional title "outranks" his social title.
Other Special Titles
Always acknowlege a guest's special title such as a military officer, as Captain, Colonel, or Lieutenant Commander. If they are a judge, use "The Honorable Joseph Collins." If they are a reverend, use "Reverend Keith Hanson."
Our invitations come standard with a single envelope. You can special order Inner/Outer envelopes to accommodate formal names on the outside and informal names on the inside. Please contact us for this upgrade.
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