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How to Address a Wedding Invitation

You may or may not have noticed we’re a bunch of paper junkies around these parts, but when it comes to the invitation logistics? Well, that can be tricky territory. Remembering just the right way to address the invitation is one of our brides’ FAQs, so we pulled together this quick how-to to make sure your invites make the perfect (and prettiest!) first impression.











step-1If a couple is married, they should be addressed by his first name and their last name. However, if the couple is unmarried, you should include the first and last name of both guests.

step-2Be sure to always spell out words like “and”, “street”, and “avenue” fully. This makes an invitation feel more formal and thoughtful! In addition, you should spell out the entire state name on each envelope.

step-3Address the inner envelope containing more details about the wedding with the first and last names of the heads of household, followed by the first names of all invited in that party (including children).

step-4Your invitations are now ready to be sent!

Need some inspiration for invite style? We’ve got you covered with a few of our faves!

Invitation Inspiration
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Destination Florence Castle Wedding

Now that we’ve feasted our eyes on not one but two amazing Jen Huang weddings from Cape Cod to Singapore, we’re rounding out our world tour of pretty in a little place called Florence. It’s what happens when an Irish couple opts for a destination wedding, and brings Fly Away BrideHouse Of Hannah, and of course Jen and her camera lens along for the ride. And just when you think it can’t get any better, let me direct you to the gorgeous full gallery.


From The Bride, Giselle… John and I got acquainted on a night out in our home town of Ennis, Ireland. It was a fresh autumn night in Ireland and he strolled up and introduced himself. It was getting late so after we had made introductions and had a quick chat I headed home for bed. After I left, John asked a mutual friend to ask me if he could have my phone number and I agreed! A few days past and eventually, 4 days later he texted me and asked me out for dinner.

Two years later, and after I had finished university, we decided we wanted to take some time out to travel so we departed Ireland for Australia. One year of travelling turned into two, and we both loved Australia so much we decided to stay a little longer. Fast forward 3 and half years to my birthday, we flew up to the beautiful Whitsundays Islands on the Great Barrier Reef. There, while walking back to our beach bungalow, after a stunning sunset, John got down on one knee and proposed. He carried out 6 months of research & planning to surprise me with the perfect ring!

Living in Australia and with friends and family located all over the world a destination wedding seemed the best option. After living in the beautiful stone village of Casole d’Elsa in Tuscany with my parents for 9 months when I was a child, I always dreamed of getting married in a little rustic chapel, followed by an outdoor dinner in romantic courtyard set in the Tuscan countryside. When searching the internet for our venue I had a good idea where and what I was looking for and when I came across Castello di Vincigliata and saw that courtyard I knew I had found our perfect venue! The 13th century castle located in the hilltops of Fiesole with breath taking views of Florence has their own winery which allowed us to serve truly authentic wines at our reception. Both being big foodies having good wine and food was a must and from the number of comments we received from guests about the incredible cocktail reception, dinner and “best wedding cake ever” our cater definitely delivered on this!

Planning a wedding in Italy from Australia was never going to be easy and I definitely couldn’t have done it without my fabulous wedding planners, Lindsay and Amy from House of Hannah and Fly Away Bride. As a bride you tend to get wrapped up in all the little details that no one else will notice, I had to have white chiavari chairs, lilac napkins, peonies and gold cutlery! Without Lindsay putting together an inspiration board with my colour scheme I would have been lost, it kept me focused on what would suit my wedding. There are so many beautiful wedding ideas out there it is easy to get side tracked trying to incorporate all of it and creating a monstrosity!

I loved every moment of our special day. From getting ready with my bridesmaids, to walking down the aisle surrounded by 80 of our closest family and friends, and arriving at the castle and seeing everything we had planned for the last year fall into place. However, there was something magical when it got dark, sitting down for dinner in the gorgeous castle courtyard, surrounded by hundreds of candles & sharing the most delicious food with such great company, it was truly amazing.

Photography: Jen Huang | Videographer: Celtic Video | Event Planning: Fly Away Bride | Florist: House Of Hannah | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Wedding Cake: Leonardo Catering | Invitations: Nikita Bazalo | Reception Venue: Castello Di Vincigliata | Brides Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Zimmermann | Catering: Leonardo Catering | Calligraphy: House Of Hannah | DJ: Alma Project | Grooms Attire: Michael Barrie | Groomsmen's Attire: Michael Barrie | Brides Rings: Henri Daussi | Car & Bus Hire: Alterini Bus | Chapel: Parrocchia Di San Martino A Mensola | Decor Rentals: House Of Hannah And Leonardo Catering | Hair & Make Up: Giulia Cresci | Wedding Stylist: House Of Hannah

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10 Tips for Your Cocktail Hour with Domaine Carneros

Once the vows have been said and sealed with a kiss, your guests will be toasting all the fun ahead. But pulling off a flawless cocktail hour? That’s easier said than done. From drinks to music to seating, there’s a million decisions to be made and luckily we’ve teamed up with our friends at Domaine Carneros to bring you 10 tips to making sure the cocktail hour goes off without a hitch.

Cocktail Hour Tips
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Photography: White Loft Studio | Floral Design: Foret Design Studio | Invitations: Minted


Rustic Garden Singapore Wedding

Continuing our day-long extravaganza of Jen Huang weddings is a sweet Singapore affair filled to the gills with style and grace. Carefully planned alongside Rosette Designs & Co, this garden-set “I do” is breath of fresh air, and just what we need to beat the winter blues. Join me in the gallery for sooo much more.


From Rosette Designs & Co Liz is one dedicated bride who loves the elements and feel that a rustic garden wedding brings. Photographed on film by Jen Huang Photography who specially flew in from the States. Liz even learned calligraphy just to personalize her wedding invitations and wedding favor tags! It is so encouraging and important that the couple gets involved together in the details of their special day. We at Rosette Designs & Co love this couple for their commitment and persistence to get a look they want despite of the limited resources in Singapore to piece together a western rustic wedding. From the details of the chauffeured vintage limo, venue decor, floral arrangement, stationery design, live music ensemble, incredible food and wine, to the heartfelt surprise guest speeches, we really understand, when you say you’ve planned your whole life dreaming for this most important day. We are truly honored to help orchestrate this beautiful rustic garden wedding of theirs. 

Photography: Jen Huang | Videography: Jen Huang Studio | Flowers: Floral Magic | Wedding Cake: Carousel Moments | Alcohol & Favors: Angra Wine & Spirit | Getting Ready Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Hotel: Raffles Hotel | Live Music: Kaela Woods | Second Shooter: Kurt Boomer | Wedding After-Party: Cloud 9 Rooftop Pool & Lounge, Naumi Hotel Singapore | Wedding Car: The Wedding Limo Company | Wedding Coordination: Rosette Designs & Co | Wedding Design: Rosette Designs & Co | Wedding Planning: Rosette Designs & Co | Wedding Venue: The White Rabbit Singapore

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