When it comes to getting out your invitations, there are many parts to making sure the process goes smoothly and serves the purpose it’s intended for. You’ll be sorting through colors and designs, deciding what special cards and inserts need to be included and deciding on the perfect wording. No matter what, though, always make sure your addressing etiquette is a high priority. When addressing your invitation’s outer envelope, make sure to check your guests’ titles and the spellings of their names so as not to offend them, no matter how silly that may sound! Along with spellings and titles is the whole subject of who you are addressing to when you’re inviting a group or family.
When addressing a woman who uses her maiden name, refer to her as Ms. Miss is normally used for guests under but Ms. is always the default for women if you aren’t completely sure if they wish to be refered to as Mrs.When addressing a couple, address the invite to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Martin and if the children are invited, too, follow it with ”and family”.A married couple, when the woman uses her maiden name, can be addressed to Mr. Michael Martin and Ms. Michelle Moore or the reverse. It is acceptable to list the lady before her husband unless he is outranked in one way or another.
If a couple is unmarried but living together, list their names on two separate lines without the word ”and” but in either order.If a woman outranks her husband she should be listed first with her formal title, such as, The Honorable or Dr.If both are doctors, address to The Doctors Martin or Drs. Michelle and Michael Martin or the reverse. You can also address to Dr. Michael Martin and Dr. Michelle Martin or the reverse.Though there are so many more scenarios that can come about when addressing your invites, these will, definitely, be the most common. Many couples like to use a calligrapher or a simple letterpress print to label each envelope and finish up the whole process. Calligraphy styles vary greatly, though, and one individual can offer many different fonts to match the theme or look of the rest of the invitation. These from the Calligraphy Lady show the variety of options many offer but your local digital or hand callligrapher will have their specific types available for you to choose from.