Advice: How do I properly address my wedding invitations?Properly addressing wedding invitations, such as the one to Aunt Nancy’s significant other or to the children of Mom’s best friend, is a challenge faced by every bride. But don't fret — the general rules when it comes to addressing invitations are listed below, starting with formal weddings.

Formal WeddingsFormal wedding invitations are one of those "no-compromise" situations that need to be addressed correctly. Here are some tips to get you started:

Invitee(s) Outside Envelope Inside Envelope
Husband & Wife Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Husband, Wife and Children
under 18*
Mr. And Mrs. Dwight Brown Mr and Mrs Brown
Amy and Harvey
Children over 18 living at home:
Daughters
The Misses Oliver The Misses Oliver
— or —
Miss Constance Oliver
Miss Mandy Oliver
Children over 18, Living at Home:
Sons*
The Messrs. Oliver The Messrs. Oliver
— or —
Mr. Bryce Oliver
Mr. Wayne Oliver
Children over 18, Living at Home:
Daughters & Sons*
Miss Heather White
Mr. Clayton White
Miss White
Mr. White
Unmarried Couple, Living Together Miss Margaret Smith
Mr. Tony Gonzales
Miss Smith
Mr. Gonzales
Unmarried and Invited to Bring
a Date
Female: Miss (or Ms.) Ann Smith
Male: Mr. Thomas Brown
Miss Smith and Guest
Mr. Brown and Guest
Divorced Woman Mrs. (or Ms.) Margaret Wilson Brown Mrs. (or Ms.) Brown
Widow Mrs. Troy Washington Mrs. Washington
Both Guests are Medical Doctors Doctor and Mrs. Tony Williams
— or —
The Doctors Williams
— or —
Doctor Kristine Williams
and Doctor Tony Williams
Doctor and Mrs. Williams
— or —
The Doctors Williams
The Woman is a Medical Doctor Mr. and Mrs. Tony Williams
— or —
Doctor Kristine Williams
and Mr. Tony Williams
Mr. and Mrs. Williams
— or —
Doctor Williams
and Mr. Williams
One or Both Guests are Attorneys Mr. and Mrs. Tony Williams Mr. and Mrs. Williams
The Man is a Judge The Honorable and Mrs. Troy Wilson Judge and Mrs. Wilson
The Woman is a Judge Mr. and Mrs. Troy Wilson
— or —
The Honorable Connie Wilson
and Mr. Troy Wilson
Mr. and Mrs. Wilson
— or —
Judge Wilson
and Mr. Wilson

Informal WeddingIf you are having a small informal wedding, it’s appropriate to hand write your invitations and address envelopes in a more familiar tone. For example:

Invitee(s) Outside Envelope Inside Envelope
Husband, Wife and children living at
home under 18 years of age*
Mr. and Mrs. Troy Wilson Aunt May and Uncle Troy
Susan and Kevin
Widow Mrs. Steven Brown Grandma Brown

*Children over 18 and living at home may receive their own invitation as a group. Children over 18 years of age and not living at home should receive their own invitation.

Single Envelope InvitationsThese are casual invitations appropriate for a very small group of friends.

Invitee(s) Outside Envelope
Husband, Wife and Children under 18
If the son is under 12 use "Master" instead of "Mr."
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Brown
Mr. Dwight Brown
Miss Susan Brown
If invitation is to include a guest Ms. Sandra Smith and Guest
When addressing partners Mr. James Jones and Mr. Bryan Douglas
Ms. Mary Gray and Ms. Barbara Allen

Other excellent resources for questions about how to address invitations include Crane’s Wedding Blue Book and the front of your invitation sample books.

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