[dropcap]According[/dropcap] to etiquette expert Emily Post, sending out wedding invitations can be made much simpler by keeping a few tips in mind.

• Allow plenty of time to address, assemble and mail invitations.

• Order extra envelopes in case of mistakes.

• Consider the reply address you will want to use. Guest responses and gifts are likely to be sent to the return address on the outer envelope. If guests should reply to a different address, use it for the reply card envelope or list it below the RSVP line on the invitation.

• Organize the master guest list in a useful form.

• Make sure your addressing and/or assembly area is clean, and wash your hands before you begin.

How to Address the Envelopes

• Double check the spelling of your guests’ names before addressing the envelopes.

• Invitations should always be addressed to both members of a married couple. If children are invited but are not receiving a separate invitation, their names may be written on a line below their parents’ names on the inner envelope.

• An invitation to an unmarried couple residing at the same address is addressed with both names connected by “and.” Use one or two lines, depending on length.

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