Addressing Your Wedding Invitations

Often one of the most daunting parts of wedding planning is gathering everyone’s names and addresses. We get a lot of questions about how names, titles, different family situations, and addresses should be handled. Here we list some suggestions from our friends at William Arthur for addressing your invitations, and how to set up your excel spreadsheet. Don’t see your situation on the list below? Give us a call or come by the store and we will be happy to help!


It is traditional to use the complete, formal name and address of your invited guests. Use the full middle name where known. If not known, do not use initials, simply omit. It is also traditional to spell out Avenue, Road, and Street as well as the State name. Keep in mind, if you use inner envelopes, you may write the names of relatives and friends in informal or familial terms.

 

Married Couples Living in the same house


Outer (or Single) Envelope: Mr. and Mrs. Elliott Long
1260 Barnett Shoals Road
Athens, Georgia 30605

Inner Envelope (if used): Elliott and Katie


MArried Couples in which the woman has retained her maiden or professional name


Outer (or Single) Envelope: Mrs. Katie Elizabeth Emory and Mr. Elliott Michael Long
(the woman’s name appearing first) 1260 Barnett Shoals Road
Athens, Georgia 30605

Inner Envelope (if used): Aunt Katie and Uncle Elliott


Unmarried couples living in the same house

Should be listed alphabetically


Outer (or Single) Envelope: Ms. Katie Emory and Mr. Elliott Long
1260 Barnett Shoals Road
Athens, Georgia 30605

Inner Envelope (if used): Ms. Emory and Mr. Long


A family with young children


Double Envelope (Outer): Mr. and Mrs. Elliott Long, junior
1260 Barnett Shoals Road
Athens, Georgia 30605

Double Envelope (Inner): Mr. and Mrs. Long
Emily and Betsy (by seniority)

Single Envelope: Mr. and Mrs. Elliott Long, junior
Emily and Betsy (by seniority)
1260 Barnett Shoals Road
Athens, Georgia 30605

It is correct to send a separate invitation to children over 18 years of age.


SIngle invitee bringing a guest


If guest’s name is known
Outer Envelope (or Single): Ms. Katie Emory and Mr. Elliott Long
1260 Barnett Shoals Road
Athens, Georgia 30605

Inner Envelope (if used): Katie and Elliott


If guest’s name is not known

Double Envelope (Outer): Mr. Elliott Long
1260 Barnett Shoals Road
Athens, Georgia 30605

Double Envelope (Inner): Mr. Long and guest

Single Envelope: Mr. Elliott Long and guest
1260 Barnett Shoals Road
Athens, Georgia 30605