When planning a wedding it is easy to get lost in the many tasks that you need to get done before the big day. An easy solution to keep from getting buried is to take it one step at a time and know exactly what each task encompasses. This way you will be able to mark each to-do off your list knowing it is 100% complete.

One of the biggest projects for a bride is getting invitations printed and sent out on time. The following is a list of the most important tips for having wedding invites printed and mailed out in a timely manner while keeping your sanity intact!


  • Create a list of all persons that you plan to invite before you actually order your invitations.
  • Be sure to order about 25 additional invitations on top of the number you need for your guests. This will save you time and money if you happen to make mistakes with addressing, need to send last minute invites, or you need to resend an invitation.


  • To avoid mistakes while addressing your mailing envelopes, type or print the list of guest names with the appropriate titles. For example: Mr., Mrs., Ms., or Dr.
  • If you are inviting a widow, address her as Mrs. Vincent Smith.
  • When mailing invitations to children over the age of 18 and who still live at home, they should receive their own invitation or they are listed separately on their parent’s invite. An example:

Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Smith
Ms. Emma Smith

  • When you are inviting children under the age of 18, you should list their individual names below their parent’s names or you may also use “and Family.”

Mr. and Mrs. Jones and Family


Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Emma, Dean and Gabriel

  • If you happen to be inviting two people who are unmarried, but living together or are married with different last names, be sure to use both of their full names.

Dr. Vincent Smith
Ms. Danielle Smith

  • For single guests that are allowed to bring their own guest you will add “Mr. Vincent Smith and Guest” on the inside envelope.


  • Before you go ahead and purchase postage for your invitations you should take a fully assembled envelope to the post office. Your envelopes should include the invitation, inner envelope, response card and envelope, reception card and any additional items you choose to send. The correct postage will then be determined by weight and size. If you are sending unique wedding invitations to different people, then you should take an example of each one so that you will get a correct estimate and avoid any postage mistakes.

Sending wedding invitations doesn’t have to be a hassle, as long as you know what you need and how the process works. Keep these simple tips in mind and it will be smooth sailing until your special day!

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