One of the most classic parts of wedding etiquette is calligraphy on wedding invitations. Nowadays, more and more couples opt for personalized lettering on their invites to give a personal touch to their stationery. Undoubtedly, calligraphy will transform the wedding invitations from plain to little works of art and give your guests something really beautiful to hold. There are plenty of things regarding wedding stationery and invitations our clients always ask, so we are answering the questions you might have involving inviting people to your wedding day!

How to address wedding invitations?

According to the wedding etiquette, the outer envelope of your wedding invitation should be more formal, with titles and full names, while the inner envelope is more informal. Below are some practical examples. 

A Married Couple

Mr. and Mrs. Roupert 


Jay and Sally


A Married Couple with Different Last Names

If you’re equally acquainted with both, list them in alphabetical order or list the person you’re closest to first.

Mr. Roupert and Mrs. Smith


Jay and Sally


An Unmarried Couple Living Together

Both names should be included on the envelopes and each name gets its own line.

Mr. Roy

Ms. Caine


Mr. Benedict Roy

Ms. Rosalina Caine


Younger Guests and Children

Younger guests can be included on the inner envelope of their parents’ invitation. Usually, for girls under 18, we use “Miss.” Boys don’t need a title until they’re 18, after that, we address them as “Mr.” Children 18 and older should receive their own invitations if they’re not living at home with their parents.

Mr. and Mrs. Bob Williams

John, George, Miss Elaiza and Miss Penny

When to send wedding invitations?

Traditionally, most couples send out their wedding invitations seven to nine weeks before their wedding. Doing that gives guests plenty of time to make time in their schedules and arrange their trip if they don’t live in town. If you are planning a destination wedding, we suggest you give your guests more time and send your invitations three months ahead of time.

What to include in the wedding invitations?

A wedding invitation suite should include:

  • Who’s hosting.
  • The request to come to the wedding.
  • The names of the bride and groom.
  • The date and time.
  • The location.
  • Reception information.
  • Dress code.
  • Separate RSVP card.

When couples plan a destination wedding with more activities and come to our studio for their calligraphy wedding invitations we urge them to also include information on rehearsal dinner, weekend activities schedule and their wedding Website or Registry!

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How much do wedding invitations cost?

Calligraphy is not simply beautiful writing. It is writing that follows precise rules and angles and involves special nibs and inks. It’s a study in the art of lettering and needs training every day.  We price our work with a few factors in mind: the style, turnaround time, special materials like custom ink colors or metallics, and the type of paper or materials we are writing on. All our projects are highly customizable to our clients’ needs so don’t hesitate to contact us for more information on the cost of your wedding invitation suite!

In Beautiful Letters Studio we are using calligraphy to convey the message of your wedding. We believe that calligraphy is like ‘talking’; you hear it, you don’t simply read it. Moreover, you can touch the calligraphy and feel it with your fingers, something that makes it precious for you and your guests. We create all the designs and couples’ logos by hand. The graphics we use are at the service of calligraphy, not the other way around. Your calligraphy wedding invitations will stay forever in the hands of your family and friends!


Looking for wedding calligraphers to add a little more character to your wedding invitations? Contact Us!

Feeling inspired? Check our Calligraphy featured on Lefteris Kalampoka’s Editorial on Amber and Muse Wedding Blog!