Envelope Printing

It seems like almost all brides today are crunched for time and looking for time saving options when it comes to wedding prep. Collecting wedding guest addresses is one tedious task that can often be disorganized and lead to trouble if they’re not written down correctly. But it can often be hard to collect wedding guest addresses when you have a million other things going on at the same time.


My Invite List is an easy solution to collect wedding guest addresses that anyone can use. Brides will love the convenience and ease of use for gathering wedding guest addresses. Let’s go over some of the etiquette and tips that will help you survive the wedding guest list process.


Give Advance Notice

Send out the invites about two months before the wedding. This should give your guests plenty of time to plan for the event, get a babysitter if they have children, get your wedding gift, and figure out transportation if needed. If it is a destination wedding or you have guests coming from far away, you may want to give them advance notice with a Save-the-Date even earlier or just a phone call, email or text if it’s just one or two guests. If you are having guests RSVP for the wedding, the two month invitation lead will give them time to make arrangements and return the RSVP cards.


Formality with Names

When addressing the invites and envelopes, let the formality of your wedding dictate a lot of the decisions. For a very formal wedding, pay close attention to addressing envelopes with full names, and titles where appropriate. For a less formal wedding, it may be appropriate to use nicknames, etc. Middle names are not necessary, but do spell them out fully if using them on a more formal invite. Do not abbreviate a first, middle, or last name.


Handwritten vs. Printed

Hand write your invite addresses for the classic look. Brides who opt for this traditional, albeit time consuming, style may also like to handwritten RSVP cards, gift tags, or table reservation cards. However if you are short on time or have terrible penmanship, you can either pay a professional calligrapher to do beautiful handwritten invite addresses for you, or you can have your wedding invitation printer print them with a beautiful script font.


Avoid Abbreviations with Addresses

Spell out everything including the word apartment, the full street names, the city and states in the addresses on your wedding envelopes for maximum formality.


Return Address

The return address is traditionally printed on the back of the envelope, using the same level of formality as you used for the invitees address.


Addressing Couples and Families

When addressing a family, you can either print the whole family name such as “The Hughes Family” or individually list the names of the family members. If you are listing out the names, start with the parent(s) and then list out the children, oldest to youngest. For couples, list the wife first, then the husband and last name; “Jennifer and Scott Hanson” for example. If the couple has different last names, list the wife’s full name first and then the husband in this format: “Alyssa Morris and David Snow.”


Inner and Outer Envelopes

While not strictly necessary, a more traditional style is to have an outer and inner envelope. The original concept behind the outer envelope was to serve as a protector for the inner envelope and invite, as the outer envelope could often become dirty in transport. Today the mail process does not involve the same processes that used to dirty the outer envelope, but the tradition still remains, especially for maintaining a formal style. The inner envelope and invite within can also provide a keepsake for parents and others who might want to hold onto the invite.


If you are opting for the inner envelope, there are some etiquette rules to follow here. The outer envelope address will have a more general address to the family. The inner envelope is where you could specify that just the adults are invited, for example. Since the outer envelope includes the full address and the inner envelope just includes the names, you will have much more room to list out each invitee individually.


While collecting the wedding guest list and addressing wedding invite envelopes can be a little daunting, with a little help and planning you can knock it out in no time. Use My Invite List and the help of a good printer like The Invitation Maker.com to get the job done as efficiently as possible.

Wedding Invitation

My Invite List is a time saving new tool made for brides who need an extra hand with getting their wedding invitations ready. The My Invite List app makes it easy for guests to add their own addresses, ensuring that you don’t make mistakes entering them yourself. You can easily send the request to your guests via email and have the addresses ready to go for wedding invitation printing. It really is that simple. Collect addresses for your wedding in one easy to access place.


Before you can even start sending out your address requests, you need to decide on your final wedding guest list. Because we know how hard it can be, we’ve created this guide to making your wedding guest list. Here are our top tips for inviting the right people to your wedding so you have everybody you want there and nobody you don’t (or as few of your annoying relatives as possible).

For many couples, finalizing the wedding guest list can be one of the more stressful aspects of wedding planning. There are many considerations that go into creating your wedding guest list, and it can be a point of contention between couples. But with a little bit of understanding and some helpful hints, you can get through it.


Some brides and grooms will prefer to sit down and create the list from scratch together. Other couples will do better if they each create their lists and then work together to make the final decision. The first thing you need to do is think about the total number of guests. The total number of guests is usually going to be constrained for most couples either by the venue, or by what you can afford with catering.


Depending on your unique circumstance, there may be other considerations for you to take into account. Will you have an adults only wedding? If your wedding is going to be very formal or a big party that starts late and/or ends late, you may want to indicate to guests that it is for adults only. This may drastically change your wedding list and size. Another thing to consider, especially if one or both of you is from out of town, is how many people from out of state will be able to make it. If you live across the country from your immediate or extended family, you will want to send out at least RSVP cards and potentially Save-the-Dates to ensure that guests who can make it will have plenty of time to find transportation and accommodations.


Once you have that total guest list number, it’s time to start figuring out who they will be. Think about your immediate family first. List out every person you will invite before moving to your extended family. This is usually where it can start to get tricky. The bride may be extra close to her second cousins while the groom may have an unusually large extended family. You may have to compromise on who you will invite, as the circumstance between the bride’s side and the groom’s side may be different.


When it comes to friends, you may have friends who are closer than your extended family. Some things you might want to think about when considering whether to invite friends or distant family members:

  • Were you invited to their wedding?
  • How often do you see them or how long has it been since you last saw them?
  • Do you consider them a “close” friend?
  • Do you spend holidays/birthdays with this person?


To avoid getting into the nitty gritty of which great uncle to invite or not, some couples simply divide the total guest list in half. So if your venue capacity is 100, the bride gets to invite 50 guests and likewise the groom gets to invite 50 guests. With this method, you don’t need to worry about fairness in who gets to invite what family members. If the bride has a large friend group she wants to invite while the groom has a bigger family, the guest list can be flexible this way.


While this may be a difficult decision for many couples, it is important to get the guest list finalized as early in the process of wedding planning as possible. You want to give your wedding guests as much advance notice as you can, especially if they have to travel for the wedding. Keeping your guest list in order in one place is also important for sending out thank you cards after the wedding. My Invite List and The Invitation Maker.com make this process straightforward and easy.