- Because a wedding is so personal, the envelopes should be handwritten.
- If time is an issue, enlist others to help address, or consider hiring a calligrapher.
- Always spell out street names and write out street numbers from one to twelve (e.g., "8th Ave." becomes "Eighth Avenue").
- Use guests' complete names; nicknames are inappropriate.
- Children over the age of 18 each should receive a separate invitation, even if they live with their parents.
- Check the postage. When you have a full invitation assembled with inserts, take it to the post office to confirm the required postage; before purchasing stamps. Remember to ask about postage for invitations going to other countries.
- Mail the invitations six to eight weeks ahead of the wedding date. For faraway friends and family, even more time is necessary: eight to 10 weeks. If your wedding is during a holiday weekend or you're planning a destination wedding, consider sending all your invitations eight to 10 weeks ahead.
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