Putting together your event guest list is tricky stuff. Unfortunately this project isn’t complete when the amount of people is finalized. Then you have to take those guest names and address your envelopes. I recommend putting your guest list in a spreadsheet right away. You can add, delete and edit as you go along. Create multiple spreadsheets if necessary and move people around as needed without missing anyone. This will also help you gather addresses and keep organized when it comes to day-of items like a seating chart and escort cards. In the end—informal event or not—you should always address your invitations formally. Proper addressing etiquette is a lot easier than you think. I hope my tips below help you out!
DO write out full names
DON'T use initials or nicknames
DO write out “Boulevard”, “Street”, etc.
DON'T write out house numbers and zip codes
DO put men's names first unless his spouse out ranks him with a title
DON'T use middle initials
DO use Mr, Mrs, Ms, etc.
DON'T abbreviate other titles such as “Doctor” or “Reverend”
DO use Miss for women under 18 years old
DON'T use Ms for all unmarried women 18 or older
DO mail a separate invitation for children over 18 in the same household
DON'T use the husband’s name if addressing to a widow
DO research specific titles for ministers/clergy, elected officials, etc.
DON'T use incorrect titles - when unsure - Google it!
DO include a return address
DON'T use adhesive mailing labels
DO ask people how they’d like to be addressed if you are unsure
DON'T assume or guess
Tip: If you have questions about invitation addressing etiquette contact a local stationery designer and inquire! I know I am always available to help anyone out, client or no client.
For Do’s and Don’ts on Wedding Invitations see my 5.15.19 blog.
You gotta love a couple who is willing to mix it up! Colleen and Nick got married last summer in Littleton, Colorado on August 24 at The Arrowhead Golf Club. These two super fun people combined soft floral elements with their love of strong Colorado brews!
The Wedding Invitation Suite
Colleen had a clear vision for the wedding invitations: "bold meets beauty". We used classic fonts in a dark burgundy and surrounded them with a natural watercolor floral design. Nick felt the invitation suite pushed too feminine, so we brought in a blue rsvp envelope and details card for balance. Both of them loved the idea of the burgundy panel pocket enclosure to safely hold together all of the separate cards.
This bride and groom wanted the whole look and feel of their wedding to be consistent throughout, so they came back to me to create their day-of wedding signage. To make certain all elements would come together with the day-of decor they had chosen, we implemented the same colors, fonts and design motif as used on the invitation cards.
The Wedding Seating Chart
This wedding had a ton of guests. Colleen and Nick were searching for a way to organize seating for the large reception that would take place in a tent. To save some space, I recommended a fabric sign that could hang just outside of the tent. Fabric signage also worked perfectly for this outdoor wedding because it would hold up if rain rolled into town.
Since this couple has an intense love for Colorado beer, Colleen and Nick decorated their reception tables with growlers they collected from local Colorado breweries! We then used the coordinating brewery logos on the seating chart to help guests find their seat.
The Wedding Favors
Finally Colleen and Nick hired me to design and print labels for their wedding favors. Little jars were filled with honey and left on each guest’s place setting. I applied the same floral artwork from the wedding invitation and added a honey bee. These labels are such a simple touch, but they personalize an otherwise ordinary jar of honey.
Colleen & Nick’s Photographer:
Jo Julia Photography
Colleen & Nick's Wedding Planner:
Blue Linden Weddings & Events
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A COLOR-BLAST SPRING WEDDING