Sending out invitations is an exciting wedding planning milestone, but there is one thing you must do first: collect addresses from all of your guests!
Wedding address collection from loved ones can seem like a daunting (and time-consuming) task, whether you’re sending traditional invitations or going digital with online ecards. So, what’s the best course of action?
Continue reading to learn the simplest way to collect and organize the wedding address for your wedding invitations.
1. Finalize The Guest List
You should double-check your guest list before you start asking for addresses. Otherwise, this could result in some hurt feelings later on!
Before you go any further, go over your guest list and make sure you’re satisfied with the final cut.
2. Invite Families And Couples Together
Any couple, married or unmarried, can be placed on the same envelope as long as both will come. If you try to avoid inviting your friend’s new partner, you may find yourself in an awkward situation. Children under the age of 18 are welcome to be addressed on the same invitation as their parents.
It is usually best to send a separate invitation to children over the age of 18. You can include them all on the same invitation if they live with their parents.
Siblings or other people living together, but not in a relationship can also be invited. Separate invitations, on the other hand, maybe a more thoughtful gesture. It is entirely up to you.
3. Invite Single Guests Separately
Individual invitations are for guests not covered by other invitations. These are for people who are not in a relationship or living with another guest. You can also invite just one person from a couple or household but be prepared for any drama from those who feel left out. To compensate, single invitees can be given the option of bringing a guest.
The guest option is used to invite someone you don’t know well, such as a friend’s new partner.
4. Assigning Proper Titles Is Necessary
Noting a visitor’s professional titles, such as doctors, military officials, and judges, is a classy and respectful touch. When these are not applicable, you must address people as Mr. and Mrs. Mr. refers to any male over the age of 18. Mrs. refers to married women, as well as divorced and widowed women. Miss is used for unmarried women and girls under the age of 18. It’s a little complicated, so addressing it before you begin writing can be a huge relief.
Ms. is a generic address. It is appropriate for unmarried women over the age of 30 and whenever you are unsure of what title to use.
You must spell out the word doctor for medical doctors. Other doctors use the abbreviation “Dr.” instead of Mr. or other prefixes.
Refer to individuals such as “The Honorable Renley Baratheon” and “Lieutenant Loras Tyrell, US Army.”
5. Personalize The Outreach
Yes, it’s fairly simple to send a mass email to dozens or hundreds of your loved ones asking for their addresses—and if you’re in a hurry, you can certainly do so. However, from an etiquette standpoint, it is preferable to send personalized emails to your loved ones requesting their current address. It’s a nice way to catch up with friends and family (especially those you haven’t seen in a while), and you can collect the wedding addresses. Furthermore, by asking each guest individually, you are much more likely to receive a prompt response than by sending a mass email.
6. Put The Names On The Outer Envelope
That’s right, the recipient’s name is prominently displayed on the front of the envelope. Make the visitor feel special. After all, you’ve chosen them to attend an important event in your life. Leave room below for married guests with different surnames, as well as the sending address.
7. Address The Return Envelopes
These are the envelopes in which your guests must return their responses. Giving people no reason not to RSVP will save you some hair when you start pulling it out over planning this big event. In the center of the envelope, write your name, address, street, town, state, and zip code.