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Wedding Invitations: At-Home Cards

A quick guide to at-home cards -- announcing the newlyweds' new address to family and friends.

A tradition started in the 1950s, the at-home card is a small card sent to friends and family to formally announce the newlyweds' new address and the date it is effective. Nowadays, the at-home card also serves to answer the infamous question, "Is the bride keeping her name?" While at-home cards aren't required, you might want to mail them for tradition's sake. Here's a quick guide to getting them done.

When to Send

Traditionally, at-home cards are enclosed with the formal wedding invitation, but nowadays are more often included with wedding announcements post-wedding. You may also send them out separately after the wedding, but you will bear the additional postage.

How to Word

The at-home card helps to clarify how the bride and groom should be addressed once they're married. Here are some examples:

  • Traditional at-home card wording:

At home
after the fifteenth of July
1570 Primrose Lane
Houston, Texas 12345

  • At-home card with names:

Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Hall
after the fifteenth of July
1570 Primrose Lane
Houston, Texas 12345

  • At-home card if the bride is keeping her name or is hyphenating it with her husband's surname:

Dr. Julia Michaels
(or Dr. Julia Michaels-Hall)
Mr. Jonathan Hall
after the fifteenth of July
1570 Primrose Lane
Houston, Texas 12345

  • If both the bride and groom are hyphenating their names:

Mr. Jonathan and Dr. Julia Michaels-Hall
after the fifteenth of July
1570 Primrose Lane
Houston, Texas 12345

Formal Announcements

If you didn't have a formal wedding but still want to keep this tradition, consider sending a postcard with more informal wording, such as:

We will be back from our honeymoon as the official
Mr. Jonathan and Dr. Julia Hall
As of July 15th.
You can reach us at
1570 Primrose Lane
Houston, Texas 12345

Who Prints Them?

Most stationers offer at-home cards as part of the general invitation or stationery package. Order them when you order your invites.

Cost Saver

If you can't splurge on having at-home cards printed, consider the more modern approach: order a set of personalized stationery to reflect your newly married status and use it for your thank-you notes. They can function in lieu of formal at-home cards, since the letterhead or cards can bear both your and your sweetie's names and new or current address.

-- The Knot

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