Mistakes to Avoid with Wedding Envelopes

Tips to help you address your wedding invitations correctly


If someone invited to your wedding has been dating someone for more than two years, let's address that significant other on the wedding envelope.

It can be so disheartening to receive an invitation in the mail thats just addressed to you or to you + guest when you've have a serious significant other for a long time. The last thing you want to do as a bride is to insult or hurt the feelings of one of your wedding guests.

It's also pretty easy to figure out if someone has had a significant other for a long time. Either phone a friend or check out Facebook.

Not only will this save any hurt feelings but also it will show your guest that you really care about them.


Do. Not. Misspell. Any. Name.

This one kinda goes hand in hand with the first mistake to avoid.

My husband has a first name that is not very common. We have friends that we've been friends with for 5+ years that STILL spell his name incorrectly. Literally you can look it up on Facebook or Instagram. It just gives off a vibe that you didn't care enough to make sure the spelling was correct.

I'm not saying you need to double check every single person you invite to your wedding, but people with uncommon names or people who have names that can be spelled different ways (John vs Jon) go the extra mile to make sure everything is correct.

Sending to YA's (Young Adults)

Ok - I know - we don't realllly want to send multiple invitations to one family, especially if they all live at the same address, but anyone over the age of 18 should get their own invitation. It's just one of those things you should do.

I do touch on this in my Envelope Addressing for Every Bride post but along with anyone over the age of 18 getting their own invitation, anyone over the age of 21 should always get a plus one.

Using Script or Narrow Fonts

We love a cute envelope. It's a great way to add personality to your invitation and make it stand out from the rest of the mail everyone gets.

That said, if you are DIY'ing your envelopes - be very careful when choosing the fonts for your envelope. If you are having your envelopes done by Piper and Finch, I will always make sure we are staying safe when using graphics and fonts.

Fancy fonts look great, but it's hard for the OCR machine to read them. OCR machines are a type of mail sorting machine that uses optical character recognition (OCR) technology to determine how to route mail through the postal system. Ya'll we want to make sure the machines know where to send your invitations!

If self addressing your envelopes - order extra!

Mistakes happen. It is so easy to write the wrong address on an envelope. Please get a few extra (10%-15% more). I am able to get extra envelopes but that comes with time wasted and extra cost. Save the time and money and order extra the first time around.

Check the postage amount that is needed for your invitations.

If you aren't a stationery person, you might not know this but not every piece of mail can be sent out with one forever stamp.

Depending on the weight of your invitation, you might need extra postage. The BEST way to make sure you wont have your invitations returned to you is to take your envelope up to the post office and ask the postmaster how much postage you need.