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How To Address A Wedding Invitation To Unmarried Couples Who Live Together

How To Address A Wedding Invitation To Unmarried Couples Who Live Together

Learn how to address a wedding invite to unmarried couples who live together using precise traditional wedding address etiquette.

Step 1: You Will Need

  • Your wedding guest list with addresses
  • A second name and address list with the proper wording
  • A calligrapher or business which does machine calligraphy

Step 2: Determine The Status Of Your Guest

What is the status of your guests? Are they married? Do they live together? Is either one of them a doctor or have a PhD? It is essential you know the answers to these questions.

Step 3: Determine The Outer Envelope Address

OK, they are unmarried. They live together and are not doctors. So on the outer envelope, that's the one the postman will see, you first sort alphabetically by last name and then address their names on two separate lines. So if his name comes first, you would address on line one "Mr.", his first name, and his last name. On line two, you would address "Miss" (or "Ms."), her first name, and her last name.

And remember, no matter how nicely addressed and pretty the invitation is, it will not get there if you send it to the wrong address…so always make sure you have the right address!

Step 4: Determine The Inner Envelope Address

Now it's time to address the inner envelope which holds the actual wedding invitation. Again, you will sort names alphabetically and address them on two lines. On the first line, you will address it "Mr." and his last name. On the second line, you will address it "Miss" (or "Ms.") and her last name.

Step 5: Take The List To Your Calligrapher To Print

When you have finished with your address list all you have left to do is give it to your calligrapher to address the envelopes.

If the cost of hand calligraphy is an issue, keep in mind that many stationery shops offer machine calligraphy which looks very similar to hand calligraphy, but costs much less.