When an unmarried couple does not live together, a wedding invitation should be sent to each person. However, it is becoming increasingly common to send a single invitation to the principal invited person. The invitation should include all the necessary information, so that the recipient can either reply directly or have someone else contact you if they cannot accept personally.
If you want to send invitations to both your unmarried partner and his/her parent/guardian, then you should send separate invitations. This is because in some countries it is illegal for unmarried partners to be listed on one document. If your partner's parent/guardian rejects the invitation, then there is no need to send them a second invitation.
In general, sending separate invitations is the best way to go if you want to keep everything legal. But if you are happy for your partner's parent/guardian to know about the wedding and just want to share the good news with them, then you can email or text them instead.
It is also acceptable to send only one invitation to an unmarried partner. But if you do this, then you should explain in your letter why only one invitation was sent out. Some couples prefer to send one invitation rather than two so that they do not have to discuss their status right before the wedding.
In most circumstances, if an unmarried couple lives together, the return address should be addressed only to the bride.
However, there are times when it is appropriate to send reply cards as well as invitations. For example, if the couple is expected to be married within a few months and you have not heard from them, you could send a note with the invitation asking them to let you know what name they want on their invitation.
If they cannot agree on a name or if one of them wants no part of the marriage, then it would be best if you did not force them into something they do not want. Instead, offer your help in finding others who might be interested in receiving an invitation.
Finally, remember that weddings are a time for happiness and joy. If you send out invitations that make people feel bad about themselves or their relationships, you will lose many good friends this way.
Return addresses for unwed couples: You can address both cards separately using the first names of the guests.
Thank you ahead of time! Re: How to deal with an unmarried couple who do not live together You would address the outer envelope to the residence of the person to whom you are sending the invitation, and then insert the SO's name on the second line of the inside envelope. This is only necessary if the couple does not live together.
We ask you to join us in celebrating our partnership at our wedding, which will take place on [date]. Come celebrate with us and bring your family! We cordially welcome you and your family to join us as we embark on a new chapter in our lives. We will be blessed by your presence.
In the meantime, we wish to extend an invitation to your engagement party. Please come and share in this special moment with us.
As marriage rates have dropped, the proportion of individuals in the United States who have ever lived with an unmarried spouse has increased. According to a new Pew Research Center research, despite these developments, most Americans feel it acceptable for unmarried couples to live together, including those who do not intend to marry.
The new survey by Pew Research Center's Social Trends Project finds that many more people today have lived with an unmarried partner than four decades ago. In 1970, about 1 in 10 adults (11%) had done so; this number now stands at about 1 in 5 (21%). There are several possible explanations for this change. One is the growing share of young adults between the ages of 18 and 29 who have lived with their partners. In 1970, only 3% of adults under 30 said they had done so; now, this number is 12%.
Another reason may be that fewer people are getting married. In 1970, nearly half of all adults (48%) were married; today, this number is 36%. Among younger adults, the rate has fallen even further: Only 32% of millennials (those born after 1980) were married in 2010, compared with 48% of Gen Xers (those born between 1965 and 1979) and 59% of Baby Boomers (those born before 1945).
Finally, there is a shift toward living together as an alternative to getting married.