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Envelope Addressing Guide.

Addressing of wedding envelopes should be formal and include titles and full names for all of your guests. Below you will find an Envelope Addressing Guide with detailed information on how to make it right.

Guest Options and Examples
Addressing a Woman
Maiden name Ms. Jane Smith
Miss Jane Smith*
*’Miss’ is commonly used for under 18 years old lady
Married, keeping maiden name Ms. Jane Smith
Married, uses husband’s name Mrs. John Edwards
Mrs. Jane Edwards*
*Nowadays this is acceptable
Ms. Jane Edwards
Separated, not divorced Mrs. John Edwards
Mrs. Jane Edwards
Ms. Jane Edwards
Divorced Mrs. Jane Edwards
Ms. Jane Edwards
Ms. Jane Smith (maiden name)
Widowed Mrs. John Edwards*
*If you don’t know the widow’s preference, this is the traditional and preferred form
Mrs. Jane Edwards
Ms. Jane Edwards
Addressing a Couple
Married, she uses her husband’s name Mr. and Mrs. John Edwards

NOTE: Nowadays, the order of the names on the envelope —whether his name or hers comes first—does not matter and either way is acceptable with the exception when one member of the couple ‘outranks’ the other (the one with the higher rank is listed commonly first).

Married, she prefers Ms. Mr. John Edwards and Ms. Jane Edwards
Ms. Jane Edwards and Mr. John Edwards
Note: Do not link Ms. to the husband’s name:
Mr. and Ms. John Edwards is incorrect
Married, informal address Jane and John Edwards
John and Jane Edwards
Married, she uses maiden name Mr. John Edwards and Ms. Jane Smith
If you can’t fit the names on one line:
Mr. John Edwards
and Ms. Jane Smith
Note: either name may be used first
Unmarried, living together Mr. John Edwards & Ms. Jane Smith
Note: Use one line
A woman who outranks her husband:
elected office, military rank
The Honorable Jane Smith and Mr. John Edwards
If you can’t fit both names on one line:
The Honorable Jane Smith
and Mr. John Edwards
A woman who outranks her husband:
professional or educational degree
Dr. Jane Smith and Mr. John Edwards
Both are doctors (PhD or medical) and use the same last name The Doctors Edwards (omit first names)
Drs. Jane and John Edwards / Drs. John and Jane Edwards
Dr. John Edwards and Dr. Jane Edwards / Dr. Jane Edwards and Dr. John Edwards
Both are doctors (PhD or medical), she uses her maiden name Dr. Jane Smith and Dr. John Edwards
Dr. John Edwards and Dr. Jane Smith

To Families with Children

Children under 18 are best to be included on the inner envelope of their parents’ invitation by their name(s). Children over 18 years are addressed as “Mr” and “Ms” and can only be added to family invitation if they live at home with family. If children names are added to the outer envelope it has to be a separate line under the names of the the parents.

Mr. and Mrs. John Edwards
Sophia, Jack, Ms Laura and Ms Maria

Note: If you don’t include each child’s name, you’re implying that children are not invited, however, some guests might still assume their children are invited. If you’re concerned that this might happen make sure to somehow highlight that the wedding is adults-only (this might be mentioned in the invitation or insert card)