Tips for Addressing Wedding Invitations

We know your wedding may be the very first time you send out formal invitations. So we collected some rules of thumb for you to use when addressing your wedding invites.

Classically, abbreviations are not used in addressing wedding invitations. Words like “Lane,” “Street,” or “Circle” are spelled out in full.

INVITATIONS TO MARRIED COUPLES

Even if you don’t know both members of a married couple, the invitation should be addressed to both parties.

Examples: Mr. Allen and Mrs. Erin Mills   -or- Mr. and Mrs. Allen Mills

If the married couples uses different last names:

Mr. Jeffrey Stanhope and Mrs. Elaine Bowers

TO UNMARRIED INVITEES

When addressing invitations to an unmarried couple, use both individual’s names. Their respective names go on separate lines.

Example: Mr. John Jones
Ms. Jane Smith
If you wish to include a “plus one” for your single friends, address the invitation “Mr. Jim Stone and guest” or “Miss Anne Allen and guest.”

Please note the guidelines for both married and unmarried couples apply to same-sex couples as well.

FOR GUESTS WITH SPECIAL TITLES

You may have guests with special titles- doctors, judges, or members of the military. Please note that in these instances, the person with the ranking title goes first. Titles can be lengthy. If both titles don’t fit on the same line, indent the second line.

For a female doctor: Dr. Suzanne and Mr. Lyle Edwin

For a female doctor who uses her maiden name professionally:

Dr. Suzanne Lewis and Mr. Lyle Edwin

If both members of the couple are doctors: The Doctors Edwin

For members of the clergy use “The Reverend.”

For a judge use: “The Honorable.”

For senior members of the military, use their rank- Lieutenant, Colonel, General, etc. in front of their name. List their branch of the service after their name. Please note that military titles should never be abbreviated.

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