If you’re trying to get the final text for your wedding invites and you’re looking up tips, it can quickly get frustrating. Many wedding invitation etiquette tips are outdated and simply can’t help you address invitations for a diverse group of recipients. These modern tips for addressing wedding invites can help!
Invitation for a Married Couple
In the past, invitations for married couples usually said something like, “Mr. and Mrs. John Smith.” These days, it’s more positive to include both names, even if they share the same last name. Your invitation should read this way:
Mrs. Jane and Mr. John Smith
It doesn’t really matter whose name comes first, unless you know one more than the other. In that case, the person you know more should come first in the address.
If the Couple Has Different Last Names
If the couple has different last names, simply list out their full names, starting with the one you know better:
Mr. John Doe and Mrs. Jane Smith
This method should also be used if you’re addressing an unmarried couple and they’re living together. If they’re living separately, you can simply send an invite to each person individually.
If the Person Has a Distinguished Title
If you’re filling out an invitation for someone with a distinguished title, such as a judge or a lieutenant, you should use their title. When you’re making out the invitation for this person and their significant other, it should look like this:
- Couple with Same Last Name – The Honorable Judge Mike Smith and Mrs. Samantha Smith
- Couple with Different Last Name – Lieutenant John Doe and Mrs. Carrie Smith
- If Both Have Titles – Lieutenant Beth Smith and Captain Bill Doe
Single individuals should simply be addressed with a prefix and their name, such as:
Mr. Bill Parker
Miss Diana Johnson
These simple tips can help you make sure you get the wording on your wedding invitations correct and that no mistakes are made!