HOW TO: ADDRESSING INVITATIONS

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. 

 

MARRIED COUPLE

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

 

DISTINGUISHED TITLES

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)