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Wedding Envelope Etiquette

Last week, we took a look at wedding invitation etiquette, and today we're following it up with envelope addressing etiquette.

 

You might be wondering why envelopes need their own etiquette post, but once you start dealing with all the Drs. and Mrs., kids, different last names, it's enough to make your head spin. 

 

Traditionally, men are listed first, and some very formal invitations will even omit the female name (ex. "Mr. and Mrs. John Doe"). I don't see that last one too commonly these days. Nowadays, a better rule to go by might be to list the person you know better first.

 

Also note that most of these "rules" can be broken. It's really up to you: how formal and "proper" you'd like to be, and how much you think your guests will expect formality from you.

 

No time to waste. Let's get into it!

 

Photo by Krista Hawryluk 

1. A single person

 

Outer Envelope:

Mr. John Doe

 

Inner Envelope:

Mr. Doe

 

2. A married couple

 

Outer Envelope: 

Mr. John and Mrs. Jane Doe

 

Inner Envelope:

Mr. and Mrs. Doe

 

3. A married couple with different last names

 

Outer Envelope:

Mr. John Doe and Mrs. Jane Smith

 

Inner Envelope:

Mr. Doe and Mrs. Smith

 

4. An unmarried couple who live together

 

Outer Envelope:

Mr. John Doe

Mrs. Jane Smith

 

Inner Envelope:

Mr. Doe

Mrs. Smith

 

5. Married Doctor(s)

 

Outer Envelope:

Mr. John and Dr. Jane Doe

 

Doctors John and Jane Doe

 

Inner Envelope:

Mr. and Dr. Doe

 

The Doctors Doe

 

6. Families with children

Children's names can be listed on the inner envelope only. Only include children if they are invited to the wedding. If they're not invited, you're implying that by leaving them off the invite. Females under 18 can be prefixed with "Miss" while males under 18 need no prefix.

Children over 18 should receive their own invitation, unless they are still living at home (in which case you can consider them as if they were under 18).

 

Outer Envelope: 

Mr. John and Mrs. Jane Doe

 

Inner Envelope

Mr. and Mrs. Doe

Jack, James, Miss Jacqueline and Miss Jillian

 

Photo by Charmaine Mallari

I hope that answers every question you might have about wedding envelope addressing. If I missed something, please leave it in the comments and I'll get back to you. 

 

In the meantime, take a look at my wedding invitations process or check out all the invitations I offer.

 

Happy Planning!

 

 

 

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