How to Address Wedding Invitations
Advice on how to address wedding invitations and use the correct wording.
Modern Wedding Invitations
Your wedding invitations have arrived along with your response cards and, if using, your save the date cards.
You sit down to write out the invites and start to wonder..."How do I address this one" when, for example, it's for an unmarried couple or when someone is divorced. Well, don't panic, just follow our advice:
For married couples, it's simply Mr and Mrs...
For unmarried couples, straight or gay, who live together, address the invitation to both names in alphabetical order of their last name eg. Mr Croft and Ms Scott. If they don't live together just send it to the closest friend and put "& partner."
For single females, whether unmarried or a divorcee who has reverted to using her maiden name, use Ms. or Miss. If the divorced woman has retained her married name use Mrs.
A single man either unmarried or divorced is always Mr.
Remember to put "& guest" if a single person is likely to bring a boyfriend or girlfriend.
Any "children" over 18 should be sent their own invitation even if coming with their parents.
And certain professions need to have the appropriate prefix before the name instead of Mr, Mrs, Ms eg. Doctor, Judge etc.
Wording for Wedding Reception Invitations
Whilst many people prefer to stick with tradition and keep the wording very formal, these days you don't need to worry about adding your own style and unique "voice" to the invites.
Just write words that fit with your character whilst not forgetting the essentials like WHERE the wedding will take place, the TIME (make sure you include the exact hour and the YEAR!) it will take place and WHEN you need back the RSVP's