Invitation Addressing Do's & Don'ts
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.