5 Wedding Invitation Etiquette Tips

March 10th, 2015


When you’re planning a wedding, there are many things you’re going to encounter for the first time. This includes wedding invitations. Sure, you’ve likely received some wedding invites in your day, but that doesn’t make it any easier to know the proper etiquette for creating and sending them yourself!

Have no fear! Today, we’re going to review some wedding invitation etiquette tips with the help from our friends over at Martha Stewart Weddings.


Let’s get to it!


  1. Give your guests some notice

As far as timelines for sending out save-the-dates and wedding invitations, here are some simple tips from our blog for you. While save-the-dates aren’t mandatory, they are a nice way to help people plan ahead, especially if you’re having a destination wedding, or if your guests will have to travel a long distance to your wedding.


  1. Don’t be afraid to be creative, but don’t forget the important information

As the times change, so do the options for wedding invites. Whether you decide to send your wedding invites via email or a more creative way, make sure all the important information is included in the invite – like who’s getting married, when and where!


  1. Keep your invites simple

While many tend to go overboard these days, the only information you should put on your wedding invitations are the full names of the couple getting married, the hosts of the wedding, the location of the wedding and the time. Leave out the “no children” as it’s implied by the names on the invite, as well as where you are registered.


  1. Don’t use abbreviations

Contrary to what many think, you should always spell out “Street”, “Post office Box” and “Apartment” when addressing your invitations. Same goes for cities, states and house numbers under 20. Go ahead and keep “Mr. and Mrs.” abbreviated!


  1. Address the envelopes correctly

Spell out the names of your guests on the outer envelope. Married couples should be addressed as “Mr. and Mrs.” with the husbands first and last name. For an unmarried couple who live together, the names should be written on two lines. For professional titles, use them! For example you would address a doctor and her husband like this: Doctor Who and Mr. Michael Sharp. If the husband is the doctor, address the envelope as “Doctor and Mrs.” For a single woman, address her envelope with “Ms.” unless she’s under 21, in which case, use “Miss.”


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