How to Address Wedding "Save the Dates"

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Save the date cards are simple notes that precede the wedding by about six months and list only the date and general location of the wedding. They are not wedding invitations, but rather are intended to be an early warning to your intended guests to not make any future plans. Save the date cards are always followed by actual invitations that should be sent three or four months later. As such, the way to address a save the date card is exactly as you would the outer envelope of the wedding invitation itself, with formal names and titles.

Things You'll Need

  • Save the date cards
  • Envelopes
  • Addresses
  • Assign each addressee a title. Unmarried females or divorced females who use their maiden name should be addressed as "Miss" or "Ms."An unmarried male is addressed as "Mr." Married couples are addressed either as "Mr. and Mrs. husband's full name", or as "Mr. and Mrs. husband and wife's full name." For married couples with different last names, use separate "Mr." and "Mrs." for each on a separate line with the wife's name preceding the husband (that is, the wife's full name on the first line, and the husband's full name on the second). For couples at the same address who are not married, the names should be addressed as "Miss" and "Mr." on separate lines in alphabetical order. Judges are titled "The Honorable," and with wife "The Honorable and Mrs." Medical doctors are titled "Doctor" while PhDs are labeled "Dr." Follow the title with their full name (no nicknames) and make sure to spell them correctly.

  • Follow the names with the house or apartment information, the city, state and Zip code.

  • Place the save the date card directly in the envelope. Unlike wedding invitations, there is no need to address an inner envelope with the name of the addressee.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always write the addresses out by hand on the envelopes rather than typing and printing them.

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  • Photo Credit Luxury handmade wedding card image by Andrejs Pidjass from Fotolia.com
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