HOW TO: ADDRESSING INVITATIONS
Now that you are engaged, it's time to invite all of your family and friends to the biggest party of your life! But before you start making your master list, there are a few things to note about wedding invitation wording such as etiquette, titles and formatting. Luckily, we have compiled a quick and easy breakdown for you to follow.
This is the most traditional format when addressing invitations, and you can include both names if you prefer.
MR. AND MRS. LUKE BRIDGES
MR. LUKE AND MRS. SHARON BRIDGES
MARRIED COUPLE WITH DIFFERENT LAST NAMES
In this situation, address the person you are closest with first. If you know each person as well as the other, alphabetical order will suffice.
MR. JAMES HARRISON AND MRS. EVELYN SMITH (vice versa)
MR. HARRISON AND MRS. SMITH
UNMARRIED COUPLE LIVING TOGETHER
This will follow the same principle as a married couple with separate last names.
MR. PETER BROOKS AND MRS. LUCY SIMM (vice versa)
MR. BROOKS AND MRS. SIMM
If an individual has a distinguished title, place their name first. If the wife has a distinguished title, you will address her name depending on whether or not she uses her maiden name professionally.
DR. SHANNON JOHNSON AND MR. RICHARD THOMPSON
DR. JOHNSON AND MR. THOMPSON
DR. AND MR. THOMPSON
DR. RICHARD THOMPSON AND DR. SHANNON JOHNSON (multiple titles)
THE DOCTORS BARNES (multiple titles, same surname)
THE HONORABLE GOVERNOR OF OHIO BENJAMIN WRIGHT
COLONEL MARK FRANKLIN, U.S. ARMY
CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
Children are usually only addressed by their first name on the inner envelope of their parents invitation.
THE THORNE FAMILY (outer envelope)
CHARLES, MARGOT, ZACK, JORDAN, MISS JANICE (inner envelope)