Wedding invitations are a whole beast of their own. There’s the design to consider, the wording to figure out and the addressing to work through. We could go on and on about each piece of the puzzle. But, instead of overwhelming you, we’re just going to focus on one of these pieces – the addressing.
Use Real Names
A wedding is a more formal event. Even if you are keeping a casual vibe at the wedding, your wedding invitations should still be addressed using your guests’ full names. Instead of Will, use William. Instead of Kate use Katherine. Of course, this is personal preference and based on your relationship with your guests. If your best friend goes by Allie and absolutely never uses Allison and hates using her full name, then it’s your call to use Allie.
Include Invited Guests Name
To avoid any additional confusion on if a plus one is included or if kids are invited, include the names of all invited guests on the addresses envelope. Take it a step further and if you know the name of your friends or cousin’s plus one, put that name on the envelope. That will make it crystal clear on the fact they are invited with this specific person, not just a friend they feel like bringing. Either way, the best advice recommends using “And Guest” not “Plus One” on the invitation.
Going back to the fact that a wedding in a formal event, it is proper etiquette to spell out the full address on an invitation envelope. Meaning Street instead of St. and Court instead of Ct. Again, this is proper, formal etiquette. If it’s not your thing, it’s not your thing.
Similar to spelling out the full name of the street in the address, it is formal etiquette to spell out the full state. This is a piece of etiquette that is less likely to be followed and used. However, nothing looks quite as elegant as a fully spelled out address in beautiful calligraphy on a wedding invitation envelope. Just saying!
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