{Hyatt Regency Wedding} | Traci + Ryan

 
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daytoremember.net | Eri Reyna Photography | Hyatt Regency Galleria | Houston, Texas | A Day To Remember Houston Luxury Wedding Planning and Design

We always love it when we get hired on by siblings of previous weddings, as was the case with one of the sweetest couples, Traci + Ryan! We first met Traci years ago when her older brother was tying the knot with his beloved Michelle! Side Note: Big brother Adam and Michelle have expanded their family with two beautiful babies!

It was truly a great honor to be a part of Traci + Ryan’s BIG day and enjoyed all our meet-ups, whether it was over chai lattes, dinners or coffee dates! Eri of Eri Reyna Photography did a fabulous job capturing their perfect day, so sit back and enjoy!

We are just smitten with their film highlight, documented by the team at Luxe Films!

A huge THANK YOU goes out to the incredible team of creative partners! The collaborative efforts of each and every one has made this wedding for Traci + Ryan “a day to remember”!

Planning | Design | Event Management: A Day To Remember // Ceremony + Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Galleria // Photography: Eri Reyna Photography // Cinematography: Luxe Films // Hair and Make-Up: Lady MaCallan // Stationery + Calligraphy: A Day To Remember // Decor - Florals: Dream Bouquet // Decor - Chairs: Elegant Chairs & More // Décor - Lighting: Jonny Black Productions // Wedding + Groom’s Cakes: Supreme Kakes & More // Entertainment - Ceremony + Cocktail Reception: Divisi Strings // Entertainment - Dinner + Dancing + Photobooth: Jonny Black Productions // Confetti Canons: Bright Star Productions

 

{Wedding Planning 101} | Addressing Wedding Invitations

 
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daytoremember.net | Eri Reyna Photography | Hyatt Regency Galleria | Houston, Texas | A Day To Remember Houston Luxury Wedding Planning and Design

In our last blog post, we discussed the importance of your wedding invitations. You have spent hours working with your stationer creating that perfect invitation. The final touch is the art of addressing an envelope. Many couples come to us with questions about this, "Do I include children's names on the invitation", "How do I address to my uncle and his husband?", "How do I address common law married couples?", the list just goes on and on...

So, let's get started with some quick pointers, followed by more specific samples...

For your Outer Envelope:

  • Proper etiquette and tradition is upheld, decorum celebrated, so this means no cutting corners and using abbreviations such as Dr., Jr., TX, St., instead use Doctor, Junior, Texas, Street

  • Titles such as Doctor, Reverend, Captain, etc. are not abbreviated unless lack of space necessitates it

  • Mr. and Mrs. are the only acceptable abbreviations

  • Full names only, this means no initials or nicknames

  • If an unmarried couple is living in the same house their names should be on separate lines, with the female guest listed first. If both are of the same sex, list alphabetically.

  • Adding "and family" is not acceptable. Children's names are to be listed on the inner envelope

  • Write out "and", not "&"

  • Suffixes are all properly proceeded by a comma, including Roman numerals

  • Junior and senior are to be written out, no abbreviations

  • North and South is written in full if it proceeds the street name {123 South Main Street} with a comma added after the street name. An abbreviation is acceptable if it comes after the address {123 Main Street, N.W.}

For your Inner Envelope:

  • Formal invitations, unless they are in a pocketfold, are slipped into an unsealed inner envelope to be placed inside the outer envelope. The inner envelopes are addressed in a more informal fashion, typically only title abbreviations, last name or guests first names, including the names of all other invitees {ie: children}

  • Exclude the first names of the recipients {unless they are really close relations}

  • When including children, only their first names are needed and must be listed by age, oldest first

  • Children over the age of 18 should receive their own invitation

  • Omit children's names if they are not on the guest list

  • If an invitation to a single guest extends to an unknown escort, address the inner envelope with your guest's name, or followed by "and guest" {guest should not be capitalized, it is not a proper noun}

Now that we've managed to confuse you some, here are just a few examples to better assist you! :)

Addressing to a married couple {outer envelope}:

Mr. John and Mrs. Jane Doe OR Mr. and Mrs. John Doe

Addressing to a married couple {inner envelope}:

Mr. and Mrs. Doe OR John and Jane

Addressing to a married couple using different last names {outer envelope}:

Mr. John Doe and Mrs. Jane Fawn

Addressing to a married couple using different last names {inner envelope}:

Mr. Doe and Ms. Fawn OR John and Jane

Addressing to an unmarried couple living together {outer envelope}

NOTE: Just as a married couple, both names should be included on the envelopes, but each name should be listed on a separate line.

Mr. John Doe

Ms. Jane Fawn

Addressing to an unmarried couple living together {inner envelope}

Mr. Doe

Ms. Fawn

Addressing to same-sex couples {outer envelope}

NOTE: Same rules apply just as you would for any other unmarried or married couple. If the couple is married, list the names on the same line; otherwise, the names are to go on separate lines

Ms. Jane Doe and Ms. Jill Hill

Addressing to same-sex couples {inner envelope}

Ms. Doe and Ms. Hill OR Jane and Jill

Addressing to a married woman doctor or two married doctors {outer envelope}:

NOTE: If a woman uses her maiden name professionally and socially, the outer envelope should read:

Dr. Jane Fawn and Mr. John Doe

NOTE: If a woman uses her husband's name socially:

Dr. Jane and Mr. John Doe

NOTE: If both parties are doctors:

Doctors Jane and John Doe

Addressing to a married woman doctor or two married doctors {inner envelope}:

Dr. Fawn and Mr. Doe OR The Doctors Doe

Addressing to guests with distinguished titles {outer envelope}:

NOTE: Same rules apply just as you would for doctors. If both titles do not fit on one line, indent the second line.

The Honorable Jane Fawn and Captain John Doe OR Lieutenants Jane and John Doe, U.S. Navy

Addressing to guests with distinguished titles {inner envelope}:

Judge Fawn and Captain Doe, U.S. Navy OR The Lieutenants Doe

Addressing to children and families:

NOTE: For girls under 18, use the title, “Miss.”. Boys do not require a title, unless they are 18 years, then, they are to be addressed as "Mr.". Remember, if you don't include each child's name, you're implying that children are not invited.

Mr. and Mrs. John Doe

Johnny, Jack, Miss Janie and Miss Jillie

We hope this gives you the tools necessary when addressing your invitations.

Now, if you have any questions or doubts, we recommend having a professional calligrapher handle this task for you. Not only will you save yourself the trouble of figuring out how to address each envelope, but having a calligrapher address your envelopes will give it that special touch your guests will greatly appreciate!

 

{Wedding Planning 101 | Wedding Invitations

 
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daytoremember.net |Koby Brown Photography | Junior League of Houston | Houston, Texas | A Day To Remember Houston Luxury Wedding Planning and Design

As you are planning your wedding, selecting the perfect color palette and defining your style for that perfect day, you want to ensure you set the tone for this amazing fête, and no better way than with the perfect invitation! I know what you are probably thinking...."everyone throws the invitation away!" Well, not everyone...but yes, most people may, but that doesn't mean your invitation won’t make a lasting impression about your wedding. Your perfectly curated invitation suite, perfectly packaged in it’s matching envelope, will say everything about what to expect for your wedding, whether it will be a fabulous beach wedding, a luxurious black-tie affair or a whimsical celebration!

When creating your invitations, seek the assistance of a professional, someone who will help you in designing the look and feel of your special day. Your wedding isn't going to be a cookie cutter celebration, so why should your invitations be? A couture invitation doesn't mean it will cost you thousands and thousands of dollars, it means, it will be an invitation designed especially for you and your fiancé!

If your wedding invitations are not a priority, ask your stationer for some feasible options. Your stationer can design and print your invitations, leaving you to assemble and add on any final embellishments. Don't be afraid to ask for ideas to your invitation provider. If you have some crystals, feathers or ribbons you want to use for embellishment, present your ideas to your designer and let them show you how to properly accessorize your beautiful invitations!

Now, when it comes to postage for your invitations, please be sure to add a stamp to your return envelope. It is in bad taste to have your guest add the stamp. If your invitations professional will not be assembling, addressing and/or mailing out your invitations, please be sure to visit your local USPS office and get your invitation weighed! You want to make sure you have the proper postage, especially if you will be personalizing your stamps...nothing is worse than having to add extra stamps on your envelope that may not match your personalized stamp! When you are at your local USPS, please be sure to ask for the price difference of domestic and international postage rates, as they will vary!

Lastly, when dropping off your invitations to be delivered, please make sure your lovely invitations are hand-cancelled. "Why", you ask? Well, to avoid your beautiful invitations to go through the sorting machines and automatically cancelled, Hand cancelling reduces the risk of damage to your invitations, especially if your invitation is thick, has added embellishments, such as a jeweled buckle, or even finished with a beautiful wax seal. In Houston, not all USPS offices will offer hand cancelling services, so please be sure to ask! Don't worry, hand-cancelling your invitations will not incur any extra charges.

Many of our couples are opting out of the stress of invitation designs, as well as addressing or assembly. We love designing, playing with fonts and flourishes, selecting pretty papers and accessorizing with beautiful ribbons! Each of our invitations are carefully curated, personalized to reflect your style and personality! Want to learn more about our in-house stationery services? We’re ready to design something beautiful, exclusively for you!

On our next Wedding Planning 101 feature, we will discuss the etiquette of addressing envelopes!