The inside envelope (smaller, ungummed, possibly lined envelope) is addressed to the guests invited. Exclude first names, use formal "Mr. and Mrs. Smith". If children are invited, they are listed separately under the parents name in age order by their first name. Children over the age of sixteen should receive a separate invitation. Guests invited along with an unknown escort are addressed as "Mr. Smith and Guest".
The outside envelope (larger, gummed, possibly with return address imprinted) is addressed with the guests full formal name and complete mailing address. When inviting children, state only parents name on the outer envelope, avoid "and Family". Do not abbreviate. Do not use symbols. Do not use initials. Spell out the word "and".
NOTE: the way to address your envelopes of your invitation ensemble is by hand. Computer generated envelopes are acceptable, labeled addresses are NOT.
When mailing be sure to take a completely assembled invitation to the post office for weighing and measuring. Although your invitation may seem to weigh less than an ounce, it may exceed the size for minimum postage. Purchasing the current issue "Love Stamp" is a very nice touch. Mail your invitations four to six weeks prior to the event. Announcements are mailed on or immediately after the event date.
Additional Addressing Guidelines:
Avoid nicknames and abbreviations. Use initials only if you do not know the person's full name.
Always put the husband's title first:
Mr. and Mrs. John Germaine
Doctor (or Dr.) and Mrs. Raymond Dutch
Judge and Mrs. Henry Springsteen
Colonel and Mrs. Frederick Shea
Reverend and Mrs. Thomas Lourdes
Widow - use late husband's name
Mrs. Jonathan Harding
Two unmarried people residing at the same address may be sent one invitation. Both names should be on the envelope in alphabetical order, each name on a separate line.
When a name ends in "ch" add an "es", The Churches
When a name ends in "o" add an "s", The Mauros
When a name ends in "s" add an "es", The Evanses
When a name ends in "sh" add an "es", The Cashes
When a name ends in "x" add an "es", The Foxes
When a name ends in "y" add an "s", The Shays
When a name ends in "z" add an "es", The Ortezes
do not use an apostrophe ( ' ) to indicate plural unless it is to indicate a possessive
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