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An invitation to a wedding is traditionally mailed in two(2) envelopes. The name and address of the invitee(recipient) is placed on the lower part of the outer envelope. The sender's return address (but not their name!) is written, printed or embossed on the back flap of the outer envelope. WedoCalligraphy can print your address on the back flap of your envelope at an additional charge in beautiful calligraphic fonts.

The inner envelope, which houses the invitation and any accompanying cards, has no glue on the flap. Only the recipient's surname and title appear on the inner envelope. The inner envelope is placed into the outer envelope with its back flap facing the front of the outer envelope. This way, the recipient will be able to read the names on the inner envelope as soon as they pull it out. Wedding invitations should be mailed six to eight weeks before the event. For destination weddings, invitations should be mailed 8-10 weeks or longer if special travel or hotel reservations are going to be needed.

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Here are the proper forms of address to use in social situations with double envelopes. With single envelopes, the rules of etiquette change.

MARRIED COUPLE
outside: Mr. and Mrs. Richard Piper
inside: Mr. and Mrs. Piper

MARRIED COUPLE WITH CHILDREN
outside: Mr. and Mrs. Richard Piper
inside: Mr. and Mrs. Piper
Steven and Elizabeth
MARRIED COUPLE WITH CHILDREN 13 TO 18
outside: Mr. and Mrs. Richard Piper
inside: Mr. and Mrs. Piper
Master Steven Piper
Miss Elizabeth Piper

Children over 18 should receive a separate invitation.
MARRIED COUPLE WITH DIFFERENT SURNAMES:
outside: Ms. Jennifer Lawson and Mr. Richard Piper
inside: Ms. Lawson and Mr. Piper
MARRIED COUPLE WHO ARE BOTH DOCTORS:
outside: Drs. Richard and Jennifer Piper
inside: Drs. Piper

MARRIED COUPLE, WOMAN IS A DOCTOR:
outside: Mr. and Mrs. Richard Piper
inside: Mr. and Mrs. Piper
or
outside: Dr. Jennifer Piper
and Mr. Richard Piper
inside: Dr. Piper and Mr. Piper

A woman customarily loses her professional title in a social situation, however if you know her title is important to her, she would be addressed first

    SINGLE WOMAN
  SINGLE MAN
  OUTSIDE Miss(or Ms.) Jennifer Lawson OUTSIDE Mr. Richard Piper
  INSIDE Miss(or Ms.) Lawson INSIDE Mr. Piper
    SINGLE WOMAN WITH GUEST   SINGLE MAN WITH GUEST
  OUTSIDE Miss(or Ms.) Jennifer Lawson OUTSIDE Mr. Richard Piper
  INSIDE Miss Lawson and Escort INSIDE Mr. Piper and Guest
    (or Miss Lawson and Guest)    
    DIVORCED WOMAN   WIDOW
  OUTSIDE Mrs.(or Ms.) Jennifer Piper OUTSIDE Mrs. Richard Piper
  INSIDE Mrs.(or Ms.) Piper INSIDE Mrs. Piper
    UNMARRIED COUPLE LIVING TOGETHER   Traditionally women have been escorted, and men have brought guests, however, current etiquette permits women to bring a guest instead of an escort.
  OUTSIDE Ms. Jennifer Lawson
Mr. Richard Piper
   
  INSIDE Ms. Lawson
Mr. Piper
   
        When inviting a person who will be bringing a guest, it's proper to send the guest his or her own invitation.