Envelope Addressing for Every Bride


Real talk - no one, literally NO ONE wants to sit down and think about the best way to address their invitations. It can be stressful, tedious, and confusing, trust me I know.


I wanted to put together an easy reference for my brides to help you decide what is the best way we should address your invitations.

Inner and Outer Envelopes

History Lesson - Inner and Outer envelopes started to be a thing way back in the horse and buggy days. Outer Envelopes were introduced to help protect the invitation and inner envelope from becoming damaged or getting dirty.

Flash forward to today - our mailing system is better and you don't see mail that is damaged or dirty. However, many traditional brides with more formal weddings still opt for the inner and outer envelopes.


Inner Envelopes

Typically inner envelopes are addressed more informally. They will includes the names of every person invited to the wedding. This includes the names of kids or additional family members. If it is a couple (even if they don't live together) both couples names will appear and guest is included if applicable.

Outer Envelopes

Outer envelopes are usually addressed only to the heads of the household.


Having two envelopes does typically clear up any confusion about who is invited to the wedding and who is not.

Formal Wedding Addressing

Semi-Formal Wedding Addressing

Informal Wedding Addressing

FAQ's

Inner and Outer Envelope Examples

For Formal wedding addressing refer to the Inner Envelope Examples

Scenario

Outer Envelope

Inner Envelope

Single Person

Mr. Johnathon Greene

Mister Johnathon Greene

Mr Johnathon Greene (and Guest)

Johnathon Greene (and Guest)

Married Couple with the Same Last Name

Mr. and Mrs. Johnathon Greene

Mister and Mistress Johnathon Greene

Mr. and Mrs. Johnathon Greene

Uncle John and Aunt Susie

Married Couple with Different Last Name

Mr. Johnathon Greene and Mrs. Susie Lake

Mister Johnathon Greene and Mistress Susie Lake

Mr. Johnathon Greene and Mrs. Susie Lake

Uncle Johnathon and Aunt Susie

Unmarried Couple

Mr. Johnathon Greene and Mrs. Susie Lake

Mister Johnathon Greene and Mistress Susie Lake

Mr. Johnathon Greene and Miss. Susie Lake

Uncle John and Aunt Susie

Family

Mr. and Mrs. Johnathon Greene

Mister and Mistress Johnathon Greene

Mr. and Mrs. Johnathon Greene

Nolan and Sarah Greene


Semi-Formal Wedding Addressing

Single Person

Mr. John Greene (and Guest)

Married Couple with Same Last Name

Mr. and Mrs John Greene

Married Couple with Different Last Names

Mr. John Green and Mrs. Susie Lake

Unmarried Couple

Mr. John Green and Mrs. Susie Lake

Family

Mr. and Mrs. John Green and Family

Informal Wedding Addressing

Single Person

John Greene

Married Couple with Same Last Name

John and Susie Green

Married Couple with Different Last Names

John Greene and Susie Lake

Unmarried Couple

John Greene and Susie Lake

Family

The Green Family

I think it is important to remember - you know your guests, you know the vibe of you wedding. At the end of the day, you should address you envelopes the way that feels right to you. Above are traditional guidelines that should help you - by no means should these be considered law :)