(Closed) Formally Addressed Envelopes and the USPS

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I wrote all of my numbers out and had no issues. HTH!

Post # 4
566 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I didn’t know I was supposed to write out the numbers…

Guess I didn’t follow the etiquette rules like I thought I did!  Not sure how it works, didn’t mail mine yet!

Post # 5
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

my friend wrote hers out like this example:

Dr. and Mrs. John Doe
Fifty-five Fifteenth Street Southwest
Anytown, New York

And she had a few returned.  Obviously most made it there, but I’m not going to risk it.

Post # 6
1843 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

It has to do with the postal sorting machines and how they read the address.  I work with the post office on a regular basis and the way I understand it, it’s a huge pain in their butt b/c they then have to hand sort/process them (their machine won’t be able to do this because it reads the last line of the address, which normally consists of the City, State and Zip).  If you only have the zip, then it throws the machine off.

As far as the rest of the address, I’m using numbers but spelling out all directions (Street, Northwest, Avenue, South, etc.)  As I understand it, this doesn’t cause problems like the City, State, and Zip does.

I’m not sure that they won’t get delivered – it’s just a huge pain for the post office that has to go through each of them.

Post # 9
1699 posts
Bumble bee

The outer envelope of an invitation is a business document between you, the customer; and the Postal Service as a contracted service-provider. It is not a social convention and not subject to the rules of etiquette.

Follow all those elegant etiquette rules on your invitation and on your inner envelope if you have one. But on the outer envelope, give the instructions necessary to have your letter delivered to the right location, and give those instructions in the clearest and most business-like way possible. Which, generally, means conforming to the Post Office guidelines. If it’s any consolation, most people throw the envelope away and then read and remember the invitation proper.

Post # 10
267 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

This is how we wrote ours out:

Dr. and Mrs. John Doe
55 South Fifteenth Street
Anytown, New York

We fully wrote out street, road, etc., the name of the street, and the name of the state, but not the house # (which from what I’ve read is how they are supposed to be formally addressed I believe). They all were delivered with no problems.

Post # 11
2600 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I wrote out only street, directional add ons and apartment along with the state.

My zip code was on the same line for all but one town in MA where it just didn’t fit 🙂

My envelopes were square, so they had to be hand sorted anyway.

Good luck!

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