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Master Your Wedding Invitation Etiquette with These Tips!

  • 3 min read

Let's talk about invitation etiquette! Have you been wondering when's the right time to send Save the Dates or invitations?

Or how do you even begin to address your envelopes?

We have done all the research for you, from when to send Save the Dates and invitations – to correctly addressing your envelopes based on status and rank...get ready to be a pro on all things pretty paperie for your wedding day!



When to Send What...

First things first – let's chat about when you should be announcing those big events to your family and friends.

Save the Dates

Save the Dates are a great way to announce your family and friends what day and time you are planning for the wedding. This allows your guests to be thinking ahead and also gives them a preview for the invitation they will receive down the road!

We recommend sending Save the Dates at least six months out from your wedding date.

Remember: Only send Save the Dates to those whom you intend to invite to the wedding. If there are individuals who you'd still like to inform of your engagement or wedding but aren't planning on inviting them to the wedding – opt to send an announcement card to share the big news.

Wedding Invitations

It's time to invite all those lovely people to the big event! You will want to make sure you are sending out your wedding invitations in plenty of time, so that family and friends can make arrangements to attend.

This is why we recommend sending out invitations six to nine weeks before your wedding date.

Thank You Notes

It's customary to send out thank you notes three to five weeks after you receive a wedding gift. Whether that's from a bridal shower or on the wedding day – sending a little note thanking your guest for their gift will go a long way!

How to Address

If you are looking for a few general guidelines when it comes to addressing an invitation envelope based on status and rank – check out the below!

Married Couple

Use "Mr. and Mrs."⁠⠀

Mr. and Mrs. John Smith⁠⠀

5555 Love Lane⁠⠀

Knoxville, TN 77777⁠

 

Not Married Couple

List the closest friend first, regardless if male or female. If the couple is an established couple and/or lives at the same address it is acceptable to list on one line.

Ms. Jane Jones⁠⠀

Mr. John Smith⁠⠀

5555 Love Lane⁠⠀

Knoxville, TN 77777⁠⠀

or

Ms. Jane Jones and Mr. John Smith⁠⠀

5555 Love Lane⁠⠀

Knoxville, TN 77777⁠

 

Engaged Couple

Use "The Future Mr. and Mrs."⁠⠀

The Future Mr. and Mrs. John Smith⁠⠀

5555 Love Lane⁠⠀

Knoxville, TN 77777⁠⠀

 

Families with Children

If you're inviting children, find out their names and correct spellings. The children go on the second line underneath their parents' names.

"Kids" who are young adults (18 and older) should receive his or her own invitation.⁠⠀

Mr. and Mrs. John Smith⁠⠀

Miss Bethany, Mr. Ryan, and Miss Katie⠀

5555 Love Lane⁠⠀

Oklahoma City, OK 77777⁠⠀

** girls under 18 are referred to as Miss⁠⠀

 

Doctor(s)

If the husband is a doctor...⁠⠀

Dr. and Mrs. John Smith⁠⠀

5555 Love Lane⁠⠀

Oklahoma City, OK 77777⁠⠀

⁠⠀

If the wife is a doctor...⁠⠀

Dr. Jane and Mr. John Smith⁠⠀

5555 Love Lane⁠⠀

Oklahoma City, OK 77777⁠⠀

 

If both are doctors...⁠⠀

The Doctors Smith⁠⠀

5555 Love Lane⁠⠀

Knoxville, TN 77777⁠⠀

or⁠⠀

Dr. Jane Smith and Dr. John Smith⁠⠀

5555 Love Lane⁠⠀

Knoxville, TN 77777⁠

 

People with Titles

Common titles include "The Honorable", "Colonel", and "Reverend".⁠⠀

The Honorable and Mrs. John Smith⁠⠀

5555 Love Lane⁠⠀

Knoxville, TN 77777⁠⠀

or⁠

Colonel Jane Smith and Mr. John Smith⁠⠀

5555 Love Lane⁠⠀

Knoxville, TN 77777

 

May you have a wonderful Wedding Wednesday and happy addressing!

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