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So the planning for your daughter’s Sweet 16 or Quinceañera celebration is well underway. The court has been selected and the cake is ordered. Much of the planning for these celebrations is memorable, fun and festive. Although, there is one job in the planning process that not everyone looks forward to, but it must be done. That would be the job of addressing and mailing the envelopes. While it may not be everyone’s favorite duty in the planning process, it’s an important one.

Of course, the first place to start is with your guest list. Making sure it’s complete and your guest count is correct is important before you finalize the numbers on your Quinceañera invitation order. All too often, we have customers return after receiving their orders in need of additional invitations. Reorders are costly, especially in smaller quantities so you will want to avoid it if possible.

After you have your guest list complete, you will want to prepare to address your envelopes. There are some traditional rules that should be followed when addressing. Typically, the hardest part of the process, is determining what format to use for guests’ names. Below I have noted the basic rules and format for addressing.

MARRIED COUPLE LIVING IN THE SAME HOME

Outer Envelope
Mr. and Mrs. John Smith

Inner Envelope
Mr. and Mrs. Smith

MARRIED COUPLE (woman has maintained her maiden name)

Outer Envelope (Woman’s name may be listed first or names may be listed alphabetically)
Ms. Cindy Maxwell
Mr. John Smith


Inner Envelope
Ms. Maxwell
Mr. Smith


UNMARRIED COUPLE LIVING IN THE SAME HOME

Outer Envelope (listed alphabetically)
Ms. Cindy Maxwell
Mr. John Smith

Inner Envelope
Ms. Maxwell
Mr. Smith

MARRIED COUPLE WITH CHILDREN UNDER EIGHTEEN LIVING AT HOME

Outer Envelope
Mr. and Mrs. John Smith
Adam and Rebecca

Inner Envelope
Mr. and Mrs. Smith

Adam and Rebecca (listed oldest to youngest)

**If there are children in the home over eighteen, I would suggest sending a separate invitation to those individuals.

MARRIED COUPLE IN WHICH THE MAN IS A DOCTOR

Outer Envelope
Doctor and Mrs. John Smith

Inner Envelope
Doctor and Mrs. Smith

MARRIED COUPLE IN WHICH THE WOMAN IS A DOCTOR

Outer Envelope
Doctor Cindy Maxwell and Mr. John Maxwell

Inner Envelope
Dr. Maxwell and Mr. Maxwell
MARRIED COUPLE IN WHICH BOTH ARE DOCTORS

Outer Envelope
Dr. Cindy Maxwell and Dr. John Maxwell

Inner Envelope
The Doctors Maxwell


SINGLE GUEST

Outer Envelope
Mr. John Smith
Inner Envelope
Mr. Smith

SINGLE WITH A GUEST

Outer Envelope
Mr. John Smith

Inner Envelope
Mr. Smith and guest

A few other reminders when addressing your envelopes.

Abbreviations should be avoided, so the state name and street designation should be written-out, not abbreviated. Remember, the zip code is to go on the same line as the city and state. Finally, we always suggest taking a completely sealed invitation ensemble to your local post office to be weighed and measured for the correct postage.

If you are feeling you don’t have time to address your envelopes, let us do it for you! We offer professional custom address printing. The pricing depends on the invitation and how many envelopes you need addressed. All we need is your guest list! Please contact us for details.

By Michaela
Michaela has been with Invitations4Less.com since 2003, showing off her customer service skills to a variety of stationery consumers.
Michaela is mom to two active pre-teens and spends her free time bike riding, boating, hiking and enjoying family time.



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