Wedding Planning Guide

All About Envelopes

How to Address Your Wedding Invitations

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The envelope is your guests' first glimpse of your wedding invitation—create a beautiful first impression using our guide to everything envelopes, from envelope sizes and addressing etiquette to the finishing touches.

STANDARD ENVELOPE SIZES

ENVELOPE SIZE

DIMENSIONS

BEST FOR

A2

4 ⅜" x 5 ¾" 4 ¼" x 5 ½" stationery

A6

4 ¾" x 6 ½"

4 ½" x x 6 ¼" stationery

A7

5 ¼" x 7 ¼"

5" x 7" stationery

A8

5 ½" x 8 ⅛"

5 ⅜" x 7 ⅞" stationery

A9

5 ¾" x 8 ¾"

5 ½" x 8 ½" stationery

A10

6" x 9 ½"

5 ¾" x 9 ¼" stationery

MINTED ENVELOPES

ENVELOPE SIZE

DIMENSIONS

BEST FOR

AVAILABLE COLORS

A7

5.25" x 7.25" Classic 5" x 7" invitations
Minibook invitations
Letterpress invitations
White
Silver
Kraft

A2

4.375" x 5.75"

RSVP cards
Reception & Direction cards
Thank you cards
White
Silver
Kraft

Petite Envelopes

4.5" x 6.25" Save the date magnets
Four-panel invitations
Petite invitations
White
Silver
Kraft

Standard Square Envelopes
(Note: Square envelopes will require additional postage)

5.5" X 5.5"

Square save the dates White
Silver
Kraft

Grand Square Envelopes
(Note: Square envelopes will require additional postage)

6.25" x 6.25" Square invitations White
Silver
Kraft

ENVELOPE TYPES

floral wedding envelope front and back

ENVELOPE TYPE

FLAP STYLE

A-style envelopes
(also called Announcement envelopes)

Square flap

Baronial envelopes

Classic pointed flap

Euro-flap envelopes

Flap with a deeper point

WEDDING ENVELOPE COMPONENTS

OUTER ENVELOPE

The outer envelope is for mailing and features the guest's name(s) and mailing address.

  • Guests' names: Guests’ names should be written in full on outer envelopes (title, first name, middle name (optional), and last name); avoid nicknames or initials. Use appropriate social titles as well, addressing married couples as "Mr. and Mrs." or "Mr. and Mr."
  • Guests' addresses: Spell out all words in an address on your wedding envelopes. Rather than "St.," "P.O. Box," and "Apt.," use "Street," "Post Office Box," and "Apartment." This applies to city and state names as well; instead of abbreviations, write "Saint Paul, Minnesota" and "Washington, District of Columbia."
pink wedding invitation with envelope

INNER ENVELOPE

Inner envelopes enclose your invitation suite within the outer envelope. While they’re no longer necessary with the advent of automated readers at the post office that leave your outer envelope relatively unscathed, an inner envelope can lend a sense of formality and create a keepsake-worthy presentation for your wedding invitation.

The inner envelope also gives you the opportunity to politely specify exactly who is (and isn’t) invited to your event, if it includes children or guests not named on the outer envelope. For example, on an invitation addressed to parents, the inner envelope wording will clarify whether the children are welcome to attend. Or, for individuals, you can include “and guest” on the inner envelope to indicate they can bring a plus one.

A few rules to keep in mind:

  • Who gets a plus-one?
    • Married, engaged, and cohabitating guests should get a plus-one.
    • Give your wedding-party members a plus-one.
    • Guests who’ve been with their partner for so long that it’d be awkward not to invite them.
    • For everyone else, make a blanket rule, such as "only immediate or close family can bring a date" and stick to it (though you can always make exceptions!).
  • If you are inviting someone with a plus-one, address the outer envelope to the primary invitee, with the inner envelope reading "Ms. Jane Doe and Guest." If you know whom he or she will be bringing, it’s more personal to include that person’s name on a separate line.

ENVELOPE LINER

Minted's envelope liners are an easy, do-it-yourself way to dress up your wedding invitations. Each liner fits perfectly into a standard A7 envelope and has a pre-applied adhesive strip, so assembly is simple: just remove the adhesive backing from the strip, slide the liner into the envelope, and press into place. They're available in a wide variety of colors and patterns, so you'll find a style to suit every wedding theme or aesthetic.

HOW TO ADDRESS YOUR WEDDING INVITATIONS

Follow our quick guide below to properly address your wedding invitation envelopes.

Recipients

Outer Envelope

Inner Envelope

A married couple with the same last name
What to do: Use "Mr." and "Mrs." titles. For different-sex couples, traditionally you would spell out the husband's first and last name; however, a more modern practice would be to use the first and last names of both guests.

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lee

Or

Mr. Michael Lee and Mrs. Grace Lee
Mr. and Mrs. Lee

Or

Mr. Lee and Mrs. Lee

Or

Michael and Grace

A married couple with different last names
What to do: List the person you're closest with first on the outer and inner envelopes. If you're similarly acquainted with both, list them in alphabetical order by last name.

Mr. Steven Craft and Mrs. Amanda Govorcin

Mr. Thomas Warbin and Mr. Alex Williams
Mr. Craft and Ms. Govorcin

Or

Steven and Amanda

Mr. Warbin and Mr. Williams

Or

Thomas and Alex

An unmarried couple living together
What do to: As with a married couple, both names should be included on the envelopes, but in this case, each name gets its own line on the outer envelope, listed alphabetically by last name.

Ms. Kristin French
Mr. Bryce Jensen

Ms. French and Mr. Jensen

A family
What to do: Even when the kids are invited, the outside envelope should be addressed only to their parents. Children’s names should appear on the inner envelope on the line beneath their parents. Start with the oldest, followed by his or her siblings in order of diminishing age. Alternatively, for a more informal tone, you can simply address the outer envelope to "The Jones Family," for example.

Mr. and Mrs. Sean Atkins

Or

The Atkins Family

Mr. and Mrs. Atkins
Ashley and Marcus

Or

Jenny and Sean
Ashley and Marcus

WEDDING INVITATION TIPS

RETURN ADDRESS & RSVPS

Including a self-addressed, stamped envelope for your RSVP cards is standard practice. This makes it as easy as possible for guests to respond in a timely manner and ensures the response card arrives to the correct address.

WEDDING INVITATION ENVELOPE PRINTING

Want to save time on your invitations? Minted will address your envelopes for FREE, in a variety of hand-styled fonts and unique designs that match your invitation. Simply upload your addresses, choose recipient addressing and select your guests, and Minted will include complimentary printed envelopes with your order. Plus, your address book will be saved for future stationery occasions, like thank you cards and holiday cards.

HOW TO ASSEMBLE YOUR WEDDING INVITATIONS

Wedding invitations are assembled in size order, with each card placed face up and the largest card on the bottom. For more detail about assembling wedding invitations, read our how-to guide.

STAMPS & FINISHING TOUCHES

CUSTOM WEDDING STAMPS

Minted offers custom postage stamps in a variety of unique designs to complement your wedding invitations—personalize with a photo, monogram, or message to complete your invitation suite with the perfect finishing touch.

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VINTAGE STAMPS

Couples who prefer a more vintage look to their wedding stationery can choose vintage or collectible stamps for their invitation envelopes. You can find vintage stamps online via eBay or Etsy; however, remember that older postage stamps may be in lower denominations, so you'll need to mix and match several stamps to meet the postage requirements.

WAX SEALS & STICKERS

Wax seals are traditionally used to seal the inner or outer envelope with a special imprint, but can also be used to seal belly bands, as an accent piece on menu or escort cards, or as a decorating addition to a wedding favor. While you could melt and press your own seals for each envelope, self-adhesive seals are also available and can be customized with your design or monogram.

Custom stickers are another option that lends a polished finish to your envelopes without the additional postage required with wax seals. Consider a monogram or a design that coordinates with your wedding invitations.

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POSTAGE & HANDLING

ADDITIONAL POSTAGE

Square envelopes, envelopes with wax seals, and envelopes weighing more than 1oz will require additional postage. Before mailing your invitations, bring a finished sample to your local post office to calculate postage and inquire about any additional fees.

HAND-CANCELING

Hand-canceling is a method of manually processing postage that is not machine-readable. USPS may charge a non-machinable surcharge per envelope or require additional postage if your addressing is done by a calligrapher, if you use one of our All-Script recipient address designs, or if your envelope is sealed with a wax seal. You can also request hand-canceling at your post office if you want to keep those machine-stamped marks off your beautifully styled envelopes. Keep in mind this special handling can add to the time it takes to deliver your invitations (as much as a few weeks!), so be sure to send them well in advance of your desired delivery date. Visit your local post office to calculate postage and inquire about the non-machinable surcharge.

WHEN TO MAIL YOUR WEDDING INVITATIONS

Typically you should send your invitations 6-8 weeks before your wedding date. For a destination wedding and for out of town guests, send invitations 3 months in advance to give guests plenty of time to make travel arrangements. You should also allow an additional week or two if your envelopes require hand-canceling by the post office.

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