Addressing your wedding invitations can be trickier than it sounds. You need to be specific with the addressees in the inner and outer envelopes so it's clear to your guests if they can bring companions, or if they should come alone. To help you address your invitations properly, check out possible scenarios and our simple tips below. (Generally, if you only have one envelope, follow the rules for the outer envelope.)
Inviting a single person who'll bring a date, whom you knowAddress both your guest and his/her date. Use two separate lines for addressing them on the outer envelope.
- Outer envelope: Dr. Juan dela Cruz [next line] Ms. Anna Santos
- Inner envelope: Dr. dela Cruz and Ms. Santos
Inviting a single person who'll bring a date, whom you don't knowAddress the invitation to that person and his/her guest. Addressing the invitation to only one person says that you are only inviting your guest, and that you'd rather s/he not bring a date. In this case, follow the rule for the inner envelope if you only have one envelope.
- Outer envelope: Mr. Juan dela Cruz
- Inner envelope: Mr. dela Cruz and Guest
Inviting a couple, but not their childrenAddress the invitation to the couple. This is also how you address a couple if your wedding is an adults-only affair, and you want to inform them of that detail without having to say it outright.
- Outer envelope: Mr. and Mrs. Juan Dela Cruz
- Inner envelope: Mr. and Mrs. Dela Cruz
Inviting a couple and their childrenThe outer envelope should be addressed to the couple, and the inner envelope should include the names of their children on the next line. If you have one envelope, you may follow either rule.
- Outer envelope: Mr. and Mrs. Juan dela Cruz [next line] and family
- Inner envelope: Mr. and Mrs. dela Cruz [next line] Samuel, Alberto and Rica
Inviting a person with a distinctionPinoys are very particular with titles, since they feel they've worked hard to earn their designation. Remember to address professionals and politicians with the right title. The person with the title is addressed first, regardless of sex.
- Outer envelope: Dr. Anna dela Cruz and Mr. Juan dela Cruz
- Inner envelope: Dr. and Mr. dela Cruz
You might also want to check:
- Tips on Working with Your Invitation Printer
- Basic Etiquette for Wedding Invitations
- Letterpressed Invitations
- How do you tell guests your event is an adults-only affair?