Basic InviteBasic Invite


Envelope Addressing

When addressing your invitations do not use abbreviations, including state and street names. Print your return address on the front or back of the envelope, using the address of the party inviting the guests.

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Inviting Children

Formally, the first names of invited children are to appear under the parents' names. Children over 18 or older still dwelling with their parents should receive separate invitations.

Today, many couples opt to address the invitation to the entire family instead, using “The Anderson Family” instead of individually naming each family member.

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Married Couples

When addressing to a married couple, honor their full names and any professional or military titles. If the couple has different last names, list both full names.

If the couple has the same last name, you can use the convention of listing their titles and then the surname, as in "Dr. Sara and Mr. Dean Miller."

Today, most couples avoid the dated convention of omitting the wife's first name, such as "Mr. & Mrs. Dean Miller."

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Inviting Guests

If you are allowing guests to bring a date, indicate this by adding "and guest" to their title and surname.

Use this convention when inviting friends that have a long-term partner that they are not cohabiting with.

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Cohabiting Couples

When addressing to a married couple, honor their full first and last names and any professional or military titles.

Traditionally, the female is listed first. For same sex couples, either name can be listed first on the envelope.

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If you are inviting multiple guests that live in the same location, send separate invitations to each guest.

If you are allowing single guests to bring a date add "and guest." Otherwise, address each envelope individually.

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