Currently set to Index
Currently set to Follow
how to address a wedding invitation to a family

How To Address A Wedding Invitation?

So you’re planning your wedding (congrats!), picking your venue, and refining your guest list. What’s next? Invitations! Whether you address wedding invitations to your guests or family, keep reading for a full list of wedding addressing etiquette including when to send them, how to address, wordings, and as well as what to include.

When To Send Out Wedding Invitations?

Mailing Date

For local weddings, we suggest sending your invites three months prior to your wedding date which means you will need to start working on them 5 months prior as design and print usually takes about 4-6 weeks.

 

For your out of country guests, we suggest sending invites 5-6 months in advance to allow time to book vacation time off work and to plan their trip.

For destination weddings, it is best to send out invites no later than 6 months prior.

This will give guests the time they need to coordinate their lives accordingly.

A Save the Date wouldn’t be a bad idea for a destination wedding anywhere from 8-12 months prior as many people book their vacation times with work up to a year in advance.

how to address a wedding invitation envelope with guest

RSVP Date

Most vendors and venues need 3-4 weeks for final headcounts, so to be safe, ask for the RSVPs back 1 month and 10 days prior to the date (to account for postage times). This can prevent a last-minute RSVP chasing while still giving guests ample time to sort out their calendars.

Invite Style

How To Address Wedding Invitations To A Family?

Historically, wedding invitations read very formally, with the bride’s parents’ name appearing in the host line (as they were commonly paying for the day), the bride’s name listed before the grooms, the time and date written out in full, and styled in traditional calligraphy.

More recently invites are seen with brighter colors or fun, unique (read: relatable) wordings. It might not be your style as a couple to have an old-fashioned element in your wedding so having an invite presented that way wouldn’t be natural.

The invite is a way to first showcase the look and colors of the wedding, so it makes sense to match the invite to the wedding. 

Digital invites, on the other end of the invite spectrum, are becoming more and more common. Not only because of the safety benefits e-invites offer with COVID restrictions still in place, but couples recognize the value of saving time, money, and trees with online invites.

Also, as we are still in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, you might be faced with last-minute changes that need to be communicated with guests. If you have a website with the link to the invitation and RSVP, it can be easily updated instead of sending out the second round of mail correspondence should any changes arise. 

If you feel like you’d rather sit somewhere in between an online invite and a traditional, formal multiple card and envelope invite, opt for a tri-fold invite with a detachable RSVP card.

Couples, the main thing to keep in mind when planning all aspects of your wedding is to make it your own and choose what makes you happiest, even if others’ opinions object to yours.

So take these tips as a guideline and understand that they may not necessarily work for your wedding, and that is okay! What matters most is keeping the details truest to your preferences and making sure to keep that in mind when planning your wedding program!

Read more:

What to do with extra wedding invitations? [10 keepsake ideas]

Recent posts:

What to wear to a destination wedding in Mexico
Weddings

What to wear to a destination wedding in Mexico?

Read More →
How long do guests stay at a destination wedding
Weddings

How long do guests stay at a destination wedding?

Read More →
plan a destination wedding in Aruba
Weddings

How to plan a destination wedding in Aruba? [complete guide 2023]

Read More →
What to wear with a yellow dress to a wedding
Weddings

What to wear with a yellow dress to a wedding? [tips to accessorize]

Read More →
Can you wear white shoes to a wedding
Weddings

Can you wear white shoes to a wedding? [2022 update]

Read More →
can i wear a blue and white dress to a wedding
Weddings

Can I wear a blue and white dress to a wedding?

Read More →
beach wedding ideas on a budget
Weddings

5 Ideas To Have a Beautiful Beach Wedding on a Budget

Read More →
Birthday Party Planner Toronto
Party Planning

Birthday Party Planner Toronto – Affordable Packages for Perfect Celebrations

Read More →
what to do with extra wedding invitations
Weddings

What to do with extra wedding invitations? [10 keepsake ideas]

Read More →
Can you ask wedding guests to wear a certain color
Weddings

Can you ask wedding guests to wear a certain color?

Read More →
to start tanning for wedding
Weddings

When to start tanning for wedding? [spray tan vs tanning bed]

Read More →
Is it ok to open wedding gifts early
Weddings

Is it ok to open wedding gifts early? [etiquette you need to know]

Read More →
Outdoor Birthday Party Ideas in Toronto
Weddings

Outdoor Birthday Party Ideas in Toronto: Fun and Unique Activities for a Special Occasion

Read More →
difference between bridesmaid and maid of honor
Weddings

What is the difference between bridesmaid and maid of honor?

Read More →
why do wedding dresses turn yellow
Weddings

Why do wedding dresses turn yellow? [and how to whiten it]

Read More →
hostess do at a wedding and bridal shower
Weddings

What does a hostess do at a wedding and bridal shower?

Read More →
How to store wedding dress before wedding
Weddings

How to store wedding dress before wedding? [garment bag & train]

Read More →
How to accessorize a simple wedding dress
Weddings

How to accessorize a simple wedding dress? [earrings, jewelry, shoes]

Read More →
what color shoes to wear with navy blue dress to wedding
Weddings

What color shoes to wear with navy blue dress to wedding?

Read More →
how to accessorize a royal blue dress for a wedding - Copy
Weddings

How to accessorize a royal blue dress for a wedding?

Read More →
Scroll to Top