(Closed) Return Address

posted 10 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
717 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I haven’t mailed mine, but I most likely will put in on the front of the envelope. It’s where I put return addresses for any type of mail, and I always prefer it there when I receive mail.

Post # 4
4145 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

This is totally personal preference as far as I know. I put mine on the back flap but that just happens to be where I like it on mine

Post # 5
1192 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I was going to do mine on the back flap, but I read that the post office sometimes gets pissy about that, so I’ll probably just put in in the corner on the front like always.

Post # 6
537 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Yes, @GreenGables:  is right, the Post Office prefers you use the upper, left-hand side of the envelope for return addresses.

And to answer your question, per the usps.com website, a return address is only required on certain types of mail (like non-profit mail since they get reduced rate). They do encourage them so that undeliverable mail can be returned to you.

I hope I don’t upset postal workers around the country but I’m going to be using an embosser from Wedding Paper Divas, and embossing the back (flap) of our invitation envelopes.  It was affordable and cute in my opinion.  🙂

Post # 7
2063 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Its’ really a matter of preference and to my knowledge, formality doesn’t really make a difference. The Post Office prefers it on the upper lefthand corner, but they will return mail if the return address is on the back. It just might take them slightly longer to do so. 


Post # 8
8373 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I had very formal, engraved invitations, and I had my parents’ return address blind embossed on the back flap of the outer envelope. 

@Luv2BeachIt:  Ooh! I LOVE that!

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