How to Address Wedding Invitations

Finding out the right way to address your wedding invitation is not easy. Rule of thumb says the outer envelope of the wedding invitation should have a formal and traditional look. The titles, as well as the full names of the recipient printed over the outer envelope, should be more formal as compared to the wording written in the inner part of the invitation.   

If all these formats and methods of writing a wedding invitation seem confusing to you, let us help. Be with us in this article and learn about different types of recipients you will have and what is the right approach to address such invitations.

Let’s get started.

Addressing A Married Couple

What to write on the outer envelope?

Mr. Jacob and Mrs. Lauren Pearson

Or

Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Pearson

What to write on the inner envelope?

Mr. and Mrs. Pearson

Or

Jacob and Lauren 

Addressing A Married Couple with Different Surnames

Start with the name of the person you’re closest to. In case, both the names are close to your heart, list them in an alphabetical order.

What to write on the outer envelope?

Mr. Jacob Pearson and Mrs. Lauren Allen

What to write on the inner envelope?

Mr. Jacob and Mrs. Lauren

Or

Jacob and Lauren

Addressing An Unmarried Couple Living Together

This is same as what you did for the married couple. Include both names on the envelopes, but make sure each name gets its own line.

What to write on the outer envelope? 

Mr. Jacob Pearson

Ms. Lauren Allen

What to write on the inner envelope?

Mr. Jacob

Ms. Lauren

Addressing A Same-Sex Couple

Here, you can use the same rule of thumb that you did for an unmarried or married couple. In case, the couple is married, write down both the names on the same line.

What to write on the outer envelope?

Ms. Lauren Allen and Ms. Jacqueline Purcell

Or

Lauren Allen and Jacqueline Purcell

What to write on the inner envelope?

Ms. Lauren and Ms. Jacqueline

Or

Lauren and Jacqueline

Addressing A Married Woman Doctor or Two Married Doctors

If the recipient is a woman doctor, the envelopes should read:

What to write on the outer envelope?

Dr. Lauren Allen and Mr. Jacob Pearson

In case, she prefers to use her husband's name socially, the envelopes should read:

Dr. Lauren and Mr. Jacob Pearson

If the couple is Doctor, the right way to address them in the wedding invitation would be:

Doctors Lauren and Jacob Pearson

What to write on the inner envelope?

Dr. Allen and Mr. Pearson

Or

The Doctors Pearson

Addressing A Couple with Other Distinguished Titles

This one is for the military personnel, judges, reverends and so on.

What to write on the outer envelope? 

The Honorable Lauren Allen and Lieutenant Jacob Pearson, US Navy

Or

Captains Lauren and Jacob Pearson, US Navy( If both are captains)

What to write on the inner envelope?

Judge Pearson and Lieutenant Pearson, US Navy

Or

The Captains Pearson

Addressing Children and Families

There is a proper format for addressing younger guests for the wedding ceremony. You cannot include their name on the outer envelope but can do the same at the inner part of the envelope. Use the salutation “Miss” for the dolls under 18. However, there’s no need to give any salutation to boys under 18. You can write their name without any salutation until they turn to 18.

Mr. and Mrs. Lauren Pearson  (Name of the Parent’s)

Daniel, Jeffrey, Miss Brittany and Miss Kelly (Name of the Kids)

Note: If the age of the recipient is more than 18 years, he/she should receive a separate invitation unless they're living at home with their parents.

What to write on the outer envelope?

Ms. Brittany Kelly

Or

Mr. Daniel Kelly

What to write on the inner envelope?

Ms. Kelly

Or

Mr. Kelly

The Conclusion

These were some basics wedding invitation formats that you can consider when sending yours. Writing a wedding invitation may seem difficult but with the right approach and formatting, you can master this not-so-easy wedding task.

Hope this works for you.

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