I know what you are thinking, what a boring topic to write about! And I agree, it is a very dull topic. But it is one topic every bride will think about before addressing away, if she decides to address her envelopes herself. This dull topic is not taught in school (thank goodness right? We would all be napping 5 minutes in) but there is some etiquette that is helpful to know. This particular niche of information can be difficult to search for or find someone who knows the rules. So... for our blog readers I will be quick and to the point and hopefully be a good reference tool for you when the time comes.
Now this is for addressing the out envelope only. I won't be discussing invitation wording, not in this blog post anyway. Stay tuned as I may go into detail about that on another date.
- Spell out street, drive, avenue, ect.
- Spell out unit, suite, apartment, ect.
- Mr. and Mrs. are abbreviated
- Spell out doctor, judge, military officers, ect.
- If one member of the couple has a title and the other doesn't, the one with the title is listed first
- Names of married couples are on the same line
- Unmarried couples are on two separate lines with the person you know best first
- If you know both equally well, ladies first! Same sex couple? Alphabetical order
- Family? Couples names on outer envelope and all parties can be listed on the inner envelope. List oldest sibling to youngest sibling. Not using inner envelopes? Simply write: Couples name and family
- Avoid inviting "and guest" if you can. Write in guests name
- Write your return address on the back flap of the envelope, not the upper left corner
- Buy wedding postage from your local post office when mailing invitations and for the return RSVP envelope
That wasn't so bad was it? Just a few simple rules and we are done with this topic. Now, with these key steps in mind you are going to impress all your friends and family with your killer official wedding address etiquette. Happy addressing!