How to Address a Wedding Invitation

How to Address a Wedding Invitation

The Ultimate Guide on How to Address a Wedding Invitation

Planning a wedding is an exciting time filled with joy and love, and one of the essential elements is sending out the perfect wedding invitations. Addressing the invitations correctly is not only a sign of respect but also sets the tone for your special day. In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the proper etiquette and considerations for addressing wedding invitations to ensure that every guest feels welcomed and honored.

Addressing All Invited Parties

When sending out wedding invitations with only one envelope (an outer envelope), it is crucial to clearly state all the invited parties on the front. This includes guests who are typically only listed on the inner envelope, such as plus-ones and children. If space is limited, you can simplify by using the phrase "and Family" instead of individually naming children. This ensures that everyone knows they are included in the invitation.

Order of Guests' Names

The order of guests' names on a wedding invitation envelope can vary depending on personal preferences. Some couples choose to list the person they are closest to first, followed by their partner. Others opt for alphabetical order to keep things simple. If you're inviting a married couple, put their names on the same line. Other than that, there aren't too many binding rules these days. Ultimately, the decision is yours to make, and you can choose to follow these guidelines or create your own. The only exception is when there are distinguished titles involved. In such cases, the person with the higher-ranking title should be named first if they are a doctor, military professional, lawyer or judge.

Can Ledgewood Fine Stationery Address my Wedding Envelopes?

Yes! Most definitely we can! Fill out our Contact Form on our website and I would love to talk to you about getting started on the wedding invitation suite of your dreams! Ledgewood Fine Stationery can print your guests name's and addresses onto your wedding envelopes.

Does Ledgewood Fine Stationery offer a Calligraphy option for addressing envelopes?

If you're interested in upgrading to have our professional calligrapher address your wedding invitations or envelopes, Suzanne Cunningham brings her 30 years of calligraphy experience to Ledgewood Fine Stationery. She was co-editor of the 25th edition Speedball Textbook and is a Calligraphy Masters team member. She specializes in flourished Copperplate script and her calligraphy has been showcased on multiple Ledgewood Fine Stationery wedding invitation suites and custom monograms. Not only is her calligraphy seen on invitation suites, but she also addresses wedding envelopes by hand. You can see more of her work on her Instagram account @suzcunningham. 


Addressing wedding invitations is an essential part of the wedding planning process that allows you to show respect and consideration for your guests. By following proper etiquette guidelines and personalizing your invitations, you can create a memorable and meaningful experience for everyone involved. Remember, the most important thing is to convey your love and excitement for your special day in a way that feels authentic to you and your partner.


With Love, Frances

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