How to Address Invitations – Cheat Sheet From The Experts

Are you ripping your hair out trying to figure out what to write on the outer and inner envelopes of your wedding invitations?

We know how much goes into planning a wedding, in fact the lists of tasks a bride to be must accomplish may seem endless.  We thought since it is the Holiday Season and all, we would throw together a little cheat sheet to help you along the way of addressing your invitations.

Enjoy!

IF THE ADDRESSEES ARE:

APPROPRIATE ADDRESSING STYLE(S):

Married

Formal Outer

Mr. and Mrs. John Smith

Casual Outer

John and Jane Smith

Formal Inner

Mr. and Mrs. Smith

Casual Inner

John and Jane

Married with Children

Formal Outer

Mr. and Mrs. John Smith

Casual Outer

John and Jane Smith

Formal Inner

Mr. and Mrs. Smith

Miss Jill Smith

Casual Inner

John and Jane

Jill

Married, with the Woman Retaining her Maiden Name or Hyphenating

Formal Outer

Ms. Jane Brown-Smith

Mr. John Smith

Casual Outer

Jane Brown Smith

John Smith

Formal Inner

Ms. Brown-Smith

Mr. Smith

Casual Inner

John and Jane

Married, with Husband as a Doctor

Outer

Dr. and Mrs. John Smith

Inner

Dr. and Mrs. Smith

Married, with Wife as a Doctor

Outer

Dr. Jane Smith

Mr. John Smith

Inner

Dr. Smith

Mr. Smith

Married, with Both Spouses as Doctors

Outer

Dr. Jane Smith

Dr. John Smith

Inner

The Doctors Smith

Married, with Husband as a Judge

Outer

The Honorable

And Mrs. John Smith

Inner

Judge and Mrs. Smith

Married, with Wife as a Judge

Outer

The Honorable Jane Smith

Mr. John Smith

Inner

Judge Smith

Mr. Smith

Married, with Husband in the Military with an Officer’s Rank

Outer

Major and Mrs. John Smith

Inner

Major and Mrs. Smith

Married, with Wife in the Military with an Officer’s Rank

Outer

Captain Jane Smith, U.S. Army

And Mr. John Smith

Inner

Captain Smith

Mr. John Smith

Single, Female

Formal Outer

Ms. Jane Smith

Casual Outer

Jane Smith

Formal Inner

Ms. Smith

Casual Inner

Jane

Single, Female, with Guest

Formal Outer

Ms. Jane Smith

Casual Outer

Jane Smith

Formal Inner

Ms. Smith and Guest

Casual Inner

Jane and Guest

Single, Male

Formal Outer

Mr. John Smith

Casual Outer

John Smith

Formal Inner

Mr. Smith

Casual Inner

John

Single, Male, with Guest

Formal Outer

Mr. John Smith

Casual Outer

John Smith

Formal Inner

Mr. Smith and Guest

Casual Inner

John and Guest

Unmarried, Living Together

Formal Outer

Ms. Jane brown

Mr. John Smith

Casual Outer
Jane Brown

Ann Smith

Formal Inner

Ms. Brown

Mr. Smith

 

Casual Inner

Jane

John

Same Gender, Living Together or Gay Couples

Formal Outer

Ms. First Alphabetically

Ms. Second Alphabetically

Casual Outer

First Alphabetically

Second Alphabetically

Formal Inner

Ms. First

Ms. Second

Casual Inner

First

Second

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