How to address your wedding invitations

How to address your wedding invitations

You’ve set the date, finalized the guest list and found the perfect wedding invitations—your big day is almost here! But how do you write the addresses correctly for all the different living situations nowadays when there’s only so much room on the envelope? Here’s a list of the etiquette conventions for everyone on your wedding guest list.

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 Etiquette rules for everyone on your wedding guest list

  • Unmarried woman: Miss/Ms. Jane Smith
  • Divorced woman who uses her married name: Mrs./Ms. Jane Rogers
  • Divorced woman who uses her maiden name: Miss/Ms. Jane Brumley
  • Unmarried man: Mr. John Doe
  • Unmarried couple living together: Miss/Ms. Jane Doe and Mr. John Smith (in alphabetical order)
  • Married couple with different last names: Ms. Jane Smith and Mr. John Doe
  • Married couple with same last name: Mr. and Mrs. John Doe
  • Widow: Mrs. John Doe
  • Unmarried woman with military title: Colonel Jane Smith, U.S. Navy
  • Unmarried man with military title: Colonel John Doe, U.S. Navy
  • Married couple with military title for man: Colonel and Mrs. John Doe
  • Married couple with military title for woman: Lieutenant Amy Fine, U.S. Army and Mr. Mark Fine
  • Clergy: The Reverend Robert Jordan
  • Medical Doctor, unmarried or married man: Doctor James Rivers
  • Medical Doctor, unmarried or married woman: Doctor Lisa Merritt
  • Married couple, both doctors: Doctors Jason and Emily Thompson
  • Doctor (PhD): Dr. Bronson Demmerling
  • Married Judge with wife: The Honorable and Mrs. Patrick O’Malley
  • Married Judge with husband: The Honorable Jane Doe and Mr. John Doe