(Closed) I admit, I’m clueless on how to formally address invitations… Help please!

posted 7 years ago in Paper
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

The outer should have titles and full name, like:

Mr. and Mrs. John Smith

The inner envelope is just the surname and then you list invited children in order of age, oldest to youngest:

Mr. and Mrs. Smith

Sally and Becky

For couples that live together, but are not married you list on separate lines:

Ms. Jane Doe

Mr. John Smith

If they are married but have different last names, they can go on the same line with “and” between them.

If you are inviting say, a cousin, and she is allowed to bring her SO (and they do not live together), the outer envelope should say Ms. Jane Doe (because the SO doesn’t live there). The inner is where you would put Ms. Doe and Mr. Guestsurname.  Personally, I like to find out the guest’s name and avoid putting “and guest.”  

I think that covers it!  I just sent my envelopes to the calligrapher last week so this was all very fresh in my mind.  I consulted Cranes, Emily Post, and Laura Hooper Calligraphy website for reference in case you need to see more examples.  

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