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How To Address Wedding Invitations

Addressing a wedding invitation is possibly one of the most difficult portions of wedding planning. Should you include everyone’s names? What if someone is a doctor? What if that someone is a woman? What if they are unmarried and living together? The proper way to address wedding invitations is definitely not something you learn in school, but when the time comes to use it, you want to make sure you do it right!

No need to fret though if you are struggling with how to address a wedding invitation.


I have made a chart with the most common ways to address them. I did not include the addressing of the inside envelope because that part is relatively simple. If the person has children, or you are including a plus 1, you only need to write that on the inside envelope (if you know the names, write them, if you do not, simply write “Jane Doe & Guest”).



Also, a few tips to keep in mind:

  • You do not have to invite a person & guest unless they have a significant other.

  • If you are inviting children, you need to invite all children (unless you are only inviting family’s children, then you can exclude friend’s children).

  • Do not include your registry card inside the invitation!

  • If you do not want to invite children, simply write in the number of guests invited in the RSVP card.

And now, here is that handy dandy chart! Feel free to share it to help others, or just keep it nearby for when you need it!





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