(Closed) “Formal” Invitations without an Inner Envelope

posted 8 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
1014 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

yes, inner and outer envelopes are considered formal, but that doesn’t mean you have to have them.  more and more people are skipping them in favor of pocketfolds, belly bands, ribbons, and seals.

here’s how i’d address the invites.

couples: mr. and mrs. john smith

families (all children invited):  mr. and mrs. john smith and family

single guests w/ plus one: mr. john smith and guest

single guests w/ significant other (always find out name of s.o. if possible): mr. john smith and ms. jane doe

you may also want to note if any of the married women on your guest list have kept their maiden names, or have hyphenated.  if they go by their maiden or hypenated names socially, you should address their invites that way.  hope this helps!

Post # 4
529 posts
Busy bee

Here’s one helpful site http://www.wedalert.com/content/articles/address_invitations.asp


Also, the inner and outer envelopes drive me nuts! They originated in a time when the original envelope would arrive beat up, and so a nice inner envelope made mor sense. Now, I just think they’re silly and expensive. One point though, a friend of mine addressed an invite to me and my FH at my parents address. She didn’t have an inner envelope, but put both our names and my dad had a freak out saying that my friends thought we lived together (we don’t!). This would have been one example where an inner envelope to put both our names (and just have mine on the front) would have been more appropriate, but it is the only one I can think of and I certainly didn’t blame the bride. Good luck with your invites.

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