Q&A: Invitations: Addressing One to an Unmarried Couple?

Q: How do you address an invitation to an unmarried couple living together?

A: When you're inviting a couple who lives together -- or a married couple with different last names, or an engaged couple for that matter -- list each name on a separate line on the outer envelope, alphabetically by last name, like so:Mr. Richard BuxtonMs. Ariel DekovicPut the names on the same line on the inner envelope, sans first names:Mr. Buxton and Ms. Dekovic

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Q&A: Invitations: Destination Wedding Etiquette?

My fiance and I are getting married in Maui and know that not all the 200 guests we would like to invite will make it. When we come back home, we are going to have a reception for everyone not able to make the trip. I've read that when getting married away and returning home to a reception, you should only send out wedding invitations to those you know can and will attend the wedding, then send out separate invitations for the reception. We both feel very strongly about sending invitations to everyone and then including (at the bottom) that a reception will be held in our honor when we return. We are afraid that if we follow etiquette, we will hurt people's feelings. Do we follow the rules or do what we feel is right?

by The Knot