(Closed) address invitations to families?

posted 7 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
Hostess
23597 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I went with “The Smith Family” after much debate.  In terms of +1 guests, we wanted to restrict only guests we knew, so it made it a little easier to address our envelopes.  Perhaps you should just address it to the person you are inviting, and have them add their guest later.  What is your RSVP situation?  Are you using the traditional cards, or online rsvp?

Post # 5
Hostess
23597 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@smactley: hmm…tough call on the “and guest”.  It’s a little weird to have that on the envelope.  Let’s wait to see what other bees suggest for you!

Post # 7
Member
3049 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

I have received several non-inner envelopes that say “Me & Guest” on the outside. It didn’t bother  me a bit. I say do that 🙂

Post # 8
Member
724 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

For families, I wrote Mr and Mrs. HisName LastName and Children

For couples I knew would come together but weren’t married, I wrote HerName Last Name on the top line and HisName Last Name on the second line, and mailed it to one address. We’ve had people do that to me and Fiance and so I figured it was OK. I know you’re supposed to mail separate, but I also didn’t want each of them to RSVP with a guest!

For single people, I only sent it to them. I had a slot for # attending. So far, two people have told me they are bringing their boyfriends (which I’m fine with) and then another person just asked if he could bring his girlfriend. Space isn’t an issue, since we were expecting a lot of No RSVPs.

On an invitation to me, I have had it written MyName LastName and Guest, so it’s definitely done.

Post # 9
Member
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I put Mr and Mrs Lastname and Family , but for some famillies that I was only inviting some of them I put Mr and Mrs Lastname and John. I really wanted it to be clear how many people were invited.

 

Post # 10
Member
36 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think it’s normal to put Mr. Charlie Brown and Guest on the envelope, it lets people know they can bring a guest if they want to …. and if you don’t want them to bring a +1 just put their name that way you can addess it with them politely if they try to respond for more than themselves and you can’t accomodate that – ie. I’m so sorry cousin katie but we had a limited number of guests and that is why we only addressed the invitation to you; cant wait to meet your new boyfriend at another time though…

I’m not sure how to handle the kids thing either though – I like the sound of “The Smith Family” better than adding up all the names but then friends have told me stories about not being 100% clear and having people RSVP with their kids and dates for their kids and all sorts of crazy things – i guess you have to deal with that as it comes up?

Post # 11
Member
1506 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

From the research I found when I was addressing my envelopes, most suggested that if you don’t have an inner envelope you should list all guests on the outer envelope. Put the parents on the first line, then list the kids in order by age on the second line.
ie
Mr. & Mrs. SoandSo Smith
Mr. Kid Smith, Miss Kid Smith
(insert address here)

Post # 13
Member
591 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

On the outside, I put only the parents name. On the inside, I wrote “So-in-So” family and on the RSVP return card, wrote “We have reserved ___ number of seat(s) for you.” I included the number of the couple plus the however many kids they had.

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