(Closed) Envelope question

posted 10 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018 - The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA

I had the same situation, minus the different last names…. I kept things more informal on our save the dates in terms of addressing, so I wrote it out like this, with the child’s name on her own line:

Joe and Mary Smith
Olivia Smith
1234 Main Street
Anytown, USA 12345

I think the proper etiquette is to send anyone over 18 their own invitation, which I’ll do, but in terms of our Save-The-Date Cards I made my own rule that everyone at the same address who is related got the same STD!  (Right or wrong, I haven’t heard anyone rebel about it.)  For your situation, why not write it like this:

Joe Smith and Mary Jones
Michael Smith
1234 Main Street
Anytown, USA 12345

And then still send the 18 year old his own invitation when the time comes?

Hope that helps! 

Post # 4
150 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I don’t think you need to specifically address a save the date to the son.  Just send one to the parents. You said they have different last names, so I’d address the envelope:

Mr. John Smith and Mrs. Jane Jones

However, to make sure it’s clear that the young children are not invited, send the 18 year old his own invitation.

Post # 5
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

We actually didn’t bother to differentiate on the Save-The-Date Cards.  Of course, our Save-The-Date Cards said right on the bottom "Formal invitation to follow."  We addressed them to the adults of the household only.  When we do our invitations we will include children as applicable.  For invitations, we still intend to address the outer envelope to the adults of the household only, and list the children who are invited on the inner envelope only.

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