Post # 1
My Future Mother-In-Law is doing the calligraphy on the inner and outer envelopes for me, but she requested that I type up a document for her that outlines what I want on each.
So my question: How do I address both outer and inner envelopes? What’s the difference?
On the outer, can I just put “The Smith Family” or do I just write “Mr. and Mrs. John Smith” and list the names of all invited guests (including their children) on the inner? Should I address the inner envelope formally, as well? Or is “John, Sally, Becky, and Thomas” ok?
Any guidelines would be really helpful!
Post # 3
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.