Personalized Guest Envelope Addressing

So you have these amazing invitations!  How do you plan on addressing the envelope?  Is someone with REALLY nice, consistent hand writing willing to do this for you that you can trust 100%? Are you really considering using labels - spending the money on them and putting in time dealing with the printing. Let's face it, that's usually a frustrating experience! Jams, smudges, fonts and colors that don't match. Stop right there - we have the solution!  

 

SUGARPLUMS is happy to assist you with addressing your envelopes. Please provide us with an excel template which you can download here. Each  column represents a new line on the envelope. Some invitation ensemble come with an inner and an outer envelope. Ask your stationer if you'll have both or just the outer mailing envelope.  Let me explain a little...

Envelope Addressing:  Rules of Etiquette


It is traditional to use the complete, formal name and address of your invited guests on the outer envelope of a double envelope set and on the outside of a single envelope. Do not use abbreviations other than "Mr." or "Mrs." Spell out Avenue, Road, and Street as 
well as the State name. Include zip codes on the same line with the city and state.


The inner envelope of a double envelope set carries only the last name preceded by titles (Mr., Mrs., Doctor) of the primary person or couple being invited. There are no addresses. Invited children's first names appear under the parents' names. (Invited children over 18 or older still dwelling with their parents should receive separate 
invitations.)

 

Remember! Before purchasing stamps, have one fully assembled invitation weighed at the post office to determine proper postage. Don't forget to purchase stamps for the respond envelopes as well.

Addressing Invitation Suites
Using Double Envelopes and mailing to:

 

MARRIED COUPLES

Married couples living in the same house:


Outer Envelope

Mr. and Mrs. George Smith
800 Park Avenue, 3C
New York, New York
10025 


Inner Envelope

Mr. and Mrs. Smith 

 

Married couples in which the woman has 

retained her maiden name or professional 
name--some experts say the woman's name 
appears first:


Outer Envelope

Ms. Elaine Austin Rogers
Mr. Edward Paris Whittemore
Three Greenleaf Lane
Huntington Beach, California
94640 


Inner Envelope

Ms. Rogers
Mr. Whittemore 


Others suggest the names be listed 
alphabetically:


Outer Envelope
Mrs. Elaine Austin Dogers
Mr. Conrad Hemenway
etc.

 
Inner Envelope
Ms. Dogers
Mr. Hemenway etc. 

 

UNMARRIED COUPLES

Unmarried couples living in the same house 
should be listed alphabetically:


Outer Envelope
Ms. Caroline Parker
Mr. David Randolph
Three Greenleaf Lane
Huntington Beach, California
94640 


Inner Envelope
Ms. Parker
Mr. Randolph 

 

MAILING TO A FAMILY

A family with young children:


Outer Envelope
Mr. and Mrs. George Smith
Martha and Susan
800 Park Avenue, 3C
New York, New York
10025 


Inner Envelope
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Martha and Susan (by seniority) 


It is considered correct to send a separate invitation to each child 18 years or older. You may also use the title Master if the young man is under the age of 13.


If you wish to encourage a single friend to invite a guest, you should learn the name of the guest, especially if they are engaged, living in the same house, or seeing each other on an exclusive basis. If they live at different addresses, it is considerate to send an invitation to the guest directly. Otherwise address as follows:


Outer Envelope
Ms. Evelyn Phelps
Mr. John Wesley Eight
Beaver Dam Road
Seattle, Washington
98110 


Inner Envelope
Ms. Phelps
Mr. Wesley 


If you cannot obtain the name ahead of time, it is also correct to address:


Outer Envelope
Mr. Walter Robinson
126 Woodland Creek Drive
Dallas, Texas
75225 


Inner Envelope
Mr. Robinson and Guest

Addressing Invitation Suites using a single Envelope and mailing to:

 

If you elect to use a single envelope with your invitation,

here are some suggestions for addressing the outside of the single envelope.

 

MARRIED COUPLES

 

Married couples living in the same house:


Mr. and Mrs. George Smith, Junior
800 Park Avenue, 3C
New York, New York
10025 


Married couples in which the woman has retained her maiden name or professional name--some experts say the woman's name appears first:


Ms. Elaine Austin Rogers
Mr. Edward Paris Whittemore
Three Greenleaf Lane
Huntington Beach, California
94640 


Others suggest the names be listed 
alphabetically:


Ms. Judy Paris
Mr. Benjamin Jeffery Straton

 

Mr. Bernard Dawson
Ms. Anne Fisk

 

UNMARRIED COUPLES


Unmarried couples living in the same 
house should be listed alphabetically:


Ms. Elaine Alla
Ms. Susan Zaph
40 Sparrow Drive
Dallas, Texas
75341 


Ms. Caroline Parker
Mr. David Randolph
Three Greenleaf Lane
Huntington Beach, California
94640 

 

MAILING TO A FAMILY


A family with young children: 


Mr. and Mrs. George Smith
Martha and Susan
800 Park Avenue, 3C
New York, New York
10025 


It is considered correct to send a separate invitation to each child 18 years or older.

 

 

Single Individual with Guest

 

If you wish to encourage a single friend to invite a guest, find out the guest's name, especially if the couple is engaged, living in the same house, or seeing each other on an exclusive basis. If they live at different addresses, it is considerate to send an invitation to the guest directly. Otherwise address as follows:


Ms. Evelyn Phelps
Mr. John Wesley Eight
Beaver Dam Road
Seattle, Washington
98110 


If you cannot obtain the name ahead of time, it is also correct to address:


Ms. Evelyn Phelps and Guest 
Mr. John Wesley and Guest 

 

 

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