(Closed) inside envelopes

posted 5 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: What's correct for the inside envelope?
    Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Smith (same as outside envelope) : (4 votes)
    36 %
    Joseph and Patty : (7 votes)
    64 %
  • Post # 4
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    196 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Smith

    Post # 5
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    12569 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Formal:
    Mr. and Mrs. Smith

    Informal:
    Joe and Mary

    Basically, you don’t use first names if you’re doing the Mr. and Mrs. route.

    Post # 6
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    3485 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

    It depends on the formality of your event– if it’s a black tie dinner extravaganza, Mr. & Mrs. definitely… If it’s a backyard BBQ Joe & Mary is fine.  

    Post # 7
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    5081 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    We did Mr & Mrs Smith on the outer envelope

    Joseph & Mary on the inner envelope

    our wedding is formal.  No citations were issued by the invitation police so it’s all good.

    Post # 8
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    737 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    The outer envelope is a business document – for the benefit of the post office, the postal service agrees to deliver your mail for the price of a stamp.  That’s why you use business names on the envelope – like Mr. and Mrs. Joesph Smith

    But the inner envelope is meant as private social correspondence between you and the friends or family members you are inviting.  You use the social names on the inner envelope.  Social names are Mr. and Mrs. Smith or Joseph and Patty.  (“Uncle Joesph and Aunt Patty” is also correct if that is the way you address them in social conversation.)

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