5 Tips for Proper Envelope Addressing
1. Choose the right envelopes.
2. Order at least 10% Extra.
It is always less expensive to order more envelopes than you need rather than having to order a small amount later to complete a job.
3. Prepare a Proper Guest List.
- Spell everything out – Drive, Avenue, Apartment, Post Office Box, Doctor, Reverend, etc.
- Use period after Mr., Ms., and Mrs.
- Spell out “and”
- Middle initials aren’t generally used in formal addressing unless it begins the name: (J. Andre)
- Include suffix: Jr., Sr., III, etc. put a comma before the suffix. Jr., and Sr., can be abbreviated; however, if written out, a lowercase j or s is used.
- If using a single, outer envelope, include “and guest” or “and family” on the outer. If using double envelopes, this would be put on the inner.
- Put guest with a professional title first: if the wife is a Doctor, put her name on first line and spouse on the second line. (Do not use Mr. and Doctor)
- Spell out numbers under Thirty if space provides (Twenty-seventh Avenue South)
- Be sure to properly address envelopes going out of the country. There are different rules for different countries.
- Alphabetize your list — it will save lots of time if you have to find an envelope.
- E-mail me if you have a question on etiquette!!! I’m happy to assist! firstname.lastname@example.org