Your guest list is done and now it is time to start addressing your envelopes or sending over a list of guests and addresses to your calligrapher. Follow our guide to make sure all your invitations are properly addressed!

 

Married Couple

The proper way to address your invitation to a married couple is to Mr. and Mrs. followed by the husbands first name and the couple’s last name. The inner envelope will be more informal and the titles are not necessary, simply the first name of each guest is acceptable.

Outer envelope:

Mr. and Mrs. Jason Smith

Inner envelope:

Mr. and Mrs. Smith

or

Amanda and Jason

 

Married Couple Who Uses Different Last Names

If you have a married couple on your guest list that uses different last names you may list their names in order of who you are closest to, or in alphabetical order.

Outer envelope:

Mrs. Karen Long and Mr. Jason Smith

Inner envelope:

Mrs. Long and Mr. Smith

or

Karen and Jason

 

Unmarried Couple Living Together

There are two ways to address an envelope to an unmarried couple that lives together. You can either put each name on their own line or put “and” between the names addressing the male first. Traditionally, “and” was only used between the names of a married couple, but many people no longer agree with that tradition.

Outer envelope:

Mr. Jason Smith and Mrs. Karen Jones

or

Mr. Jason Smith
Mrs. Karen Long

Inner envelope:

Mr. Smith
Mrs. Long

or

Jason and Karen

 

Same-Sex Couple

When addressing same-sex couples the same rules as married or unmarried couples apply. It is acceptable to put either guest first, but if you are struggling with that decision put their names in alphabetical order to simplify things.

Outer envelope:

Mr. and Mr. John Jones

or

Mr. John Jones and Mr. James Jones

or

Ms. Amanda Long
Ms. Jessica Thompson

Inner envelope:

Ms. Long and Ms. Thompson

or

Amanda and Jessica

 

Children and Families

If you want to include children on the invitations you may include their names on the inner envelope, but it is not necessary on the outer envelope. Children who are over the age of 18 should receive their own invitation unless they still live in the same household as their parents.

Outer envelope:

Mr. and Mrs. Jason Smith

Inner envelope:

Mr. and Mrs. Jason Smith
Robery, Miss Jessica, and Miss Anne