(Closed) Do you have to put return address labels on the back?

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
583 posts
Busy bee

I put mine on the back.  We ordered a pretty stamp off of Etsy for it.  I’ve always gotten invitations with the return address on the back.

Post # 5
1301 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Rouquine:  I dont think it is required from an etiquette perspective but we did have them. We had so many overseas guests and I wanted to make sure that if the invitations didn’t reach them, then they could be returned to sender. I am very glad we did this as a few were returned to sender and we knew to follow up with those guests via email.

Normally correct etiquette on a formal invitation would be to have the RSVP on the bottom left of the invitation, as per debretts-


Post # 6
735 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Rouquine:  Including your return address on the envelopw lets guests ensure that they have your most current address.  Since it’s most proper to mail gifts to the bride before the wedding, many people will check the wedding invitation envelope for your address!

If, for some strange reason, an invitation is undeliveralbe, you’re MUCH more likely to find out if you have a return address on it!  – After all, it’s certainly not going to be returned if there’s no indication of the sender.  (Also, in the US, the post office says that you are supposed to have a return address on mail)

Post # 7
2406 posts
Buzzing bee

I used return address labels on my invites, simply because I use them on all mail I send. If I had an address wrong I figured this would be the only way I would know, as I’d get the invite back.

Post # 9
240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I put them on the front for my save the dates and will put them on the back for my invites.

Post # 10
115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

The USPS prefers that you put them on the front, but I think people put it on the back for aesthetic purposes.

Post # 11
1190 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I put it on the back because I thought it looked nicer. 

But as @maladroite:  said I believe the post offices prefer it on the front. I remember one bee saying that a lot of hers got returned to her because in Canada they use some sorting machine and the machine got confused with the two sides.

I haven’t had any problems…YET.

Post # 13
3357 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

where I’m from, we always put return addresses on the back … then I came to the US and APPARENTLY they’re supposed to go in front ?!??!?!

Post # 16
4676 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’ve never heard of this, I’ve always followed USPS guidelines and put them in the front corner.  I’ve never recieved an invite with the return address on the back.  

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