// WEDDING WEDNESDAY // Addressing your Envelopes

Do you ever feel like you need an advanced degree in wedding planning to know everything? How do you stuff the envelope? What am I supposed to do with that tissue paper? Consider us to have a PhD in this area!

One of the most common questions we get about invitations is how to properly address an envelope.

Calligraphy by Carole 

Calligraphy by Carole 

Crane and Co., who we proudly represent, is a great reference for wedding etiquette questions. We consulted their Wedding Blue Book when coming up with the following examples of how to address an envelope.

When addressing the outer envelope, use the full proper name of the guest(s), including titles, and always spell out street and state names.

For a married couple who share the same last name:

Mr. and Mrs. George Timothy Clooney
1234 Hollywood Way
Beverly Hills, California 90210

For a married couple who have different last names:

Ms. Jennifer Joanna Aniston and Mr. Justin Paul Theroux
1234 Friends Avenue
Malibu, California 90265

If a couple is living together, but they are not married, the word “and” is omitted and the woman’s name is listed on the top line and the man’s on the second.

Ms. Oprah Gail Winfrey
Mr. Stedman Graham, Junior
1234 Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Same sex couples would list their names in alphabetical order and follow the same rules regarding if they are married or not.

Mr. David Michael Burtka and Mr. Neil Patrick Harris

For invitations that have an inner and outer envelope, the above addresses are used on the outer envelope, and the inner envelope list their names again. Any children or guests that are also invited are listed on the inner envelope. Traditionally, formal names appear on the inner envelope as well:

Mr. Burtka and Mr. Harris

but today people commonly use the form of address that they know the couple as:

David and Neil

If children are invited, their names would appear on the inner envelope, listed in chronological order:

Mr. Burtka and Mr. Harris
Gideon and Harper

Whew! That’s a lot of info! We hope this helps. We are always here for our brides and grooms to answer any questions along the way, so comment below if you have a crazy address that you’re not sure what to do with and we will come to the rescue!