How To Properly Address Wedding Invitations

Traditionally, wedding invitations are mailed in two envelopes, this ensures the invitations arrives in pristine condition to the wedding guest. The outer envelope being formal, and the inner envelope more casual. Today, we are sharing the proper etiquette on how to address wedding invitations.

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Single Female 

Outer EnvelopeMiss Mary Johnson // or // Ms. Mary Johnson

Inner EnvelopeMiss. or Ms. Johnson // or // Miss. or Ms. Johnson 

If the single female has a date, they are referred to as either an escort or guest. The escort/guest is only mentioned on the inner envelope.

Single Man

Outer Envelope Mr. Charles Benson

Inner Envelope : Mr. Benson

If the single male has a date, they are referred to as either an escort or guest. The escort/guest is only mentioned on the inner envelope.

Divorced or Widowed Woman

Outer Envelope : Mrs. Mary Johnson // or // Ms. Mary Johnson

Inner Envelope : Mrs. Johnson // or // Ms. Johnson

If the woman has resumed using her maiden name, simply replace the  married name for her maiden name.

Unmarried Couple Living Together

Outer Envelope : Mr. Charles Benson and Miss. Mary Johnson // or // Mr. Charles Benson and Ms. Johnson

Inner Envelope : Mr. Benson and Ms. Johnson

Same Sex Couple

Outer Envelope : Ms. Mary Johnson and Ms. Katherine Jones

Inner Envelope : Ms. Johnson and Ms. Jones

In this case, you can list either guest first. If you can’t decide, simply address them in alphabetical order. If they are married, use their married last name instead of their maiden name.

A Married Couple

Outer Envelope : Mr. and Mrs. Charles Benson

Inner Envelope : Mr. and Mrs. Benson

A Married Couple With Different Last Names

Outer Envelope : Mr. Charles Benson and Mrs. Mary Johnson 

Inner Envelope : Mr. Benson and Mrs. Johnson

Married Couple With Children Under 18

Outer Envelope : Mr. and Mrs. Charles Benson

Inner Envelope : Mr. and Mrs. Benson, Carson and Lily

Married Couple In Which Wife Is A Doctor

Outer Envelope : Mr. and Mrs. Charles Benson // or // Doctor Mary Benson and Mr. Charles Benson

Inner Envelope : Mr. and Mrs. Benson // or // Doctor Benson and Mr. Benson

Married Couple In Which Husband Is A Doctor

Outer Envelope : Doctor and Mrs. Charles Benson

Inner Envelope : Doctor and Mrs. Benson

Married Couple In Which Both Are Doctors

Outer Envelope : Doctor and Mrs. Charles Benson // or // The Doctors Benson // or // Doctor Charles Benson and Doctor Mary Benson

Inner Envelope : The Doctors Benson // or // Doctor and Mrs. Benson

Other Distinguished Titles

For all other distinguished titles, you would use the same guidelines as the doctor titles, except you would exchange the word doctor for the proper profession title (i.e judge, colonel, captain, dean, bishop, priest, etc.)

1 Comment
  • Sarah Arrow

    February 7, 2015 at 12:13 pm Reply

    Thanks for sharing this Michaela, I think my wedding was very informal!

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