How to address invites…

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
10748 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I did “The Smith Family” when I was including their kids. My RSVP cards also included a spot for me to write in # of seats reserved for them. 

Post # 5
2313 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@MisstoMrs17:  I’m planning “Mr. and Mrs. John Smith and Family” on the outer envelope and then on the inner I’ll put the children’s names below their parents.

Post # 6
1266 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@jennmariee:  + 1

That’s what I’ll be doing, but with both adults’ first names.  I will look like this on the outer address:


Mrs. Jane and Mr. John Smith

and Family


Then on the inner envelope

Mr. and Mrs. Smith

Miss Jennie Smith

Jack Smith

Post # 7
1644 posts
Bumble bee

@MisstoMrs17:  Leave a blank line on your invitation, or use inner envelopes. List the names of every person you invite. So for the Smiths and their three children Annie, Bea and Chucky it would be:

Mr and Mrs Smith
Miss Smith, Miss Beatrice, Master Charles

or if you are being informal, it would be

Jane and John; Annie, Bea and Chucky

On the outer envelope, you will simply put the name of the adult(s) whom you are entrusting with responsibility to organize the whole family. You don’t want Chucky feeling free to open the envelope after school, before the rest of the family gets home — since his name is on it, you know — and then stuffing it in his jeans pocket just before they go through the wash.

Post # 9
259 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Whether correct or not, I wrote the kids names on a second line:

Mr and Mrs John and Jane Doe

Rosie and Kevin

We didn’t have inner envelopes. 

Post # 10
403 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@MisstoMrs17:  I did Mr and Mrs on the outside, then “Mr and Mrs John Doe, Emily and Jack” on the inside

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