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Addressing envelopes for personal events, big or small, is a daunting task. We have created a fool proof guide to addressing envelopes in a variety of formalities.

 

THE BASICS

Always use  your guest’s home address, never work or school. List all children’s names, not doing so suggests they are not invited. If throwing an adult only event, be sure to let your guests know that this event is not for children. “And” is classically used to imply that two individuals are married, the names of unmarried guests should not have and in between their names.

TITLES

  • Mr. is for Men over 18
  • Mrs. is for Women who have taken their spouse’s name
  • Ms. is for Women over 18
  • Miss Women under 18

 

FORMAL ADDRESS 

 

  • Married with Same Name: Mr. and Mrs. Mark Miller

  • Same Sex with Same last Name: Messrs. Nelson or Madames Kennedy

  • Married or Partnered with different names: Mr. DeHoog and Ms. Blanchard

  • Widowed: Mrs. Blake Owen

  • Divorced with Maiden Name: Ms. Jennifer Carter

  • Divorced without Maiden Name: Ms. Jenifer Sells

  • Doctors (PhD or Medical) with same last name: The Doctors Anderson

  • Doctors (PhD or Medical) with different last names: Dr. Gerry Miller and Dr. Amy Harbor

  • Judges, Captain, Lieutenant, Senator, Ambassador with same name partner or spouse: The Honorable and Mrs. Elmer Cervantez

  • Judges, Captain, Lieutenant, Senator, Ambassador with different name partner or spouse: The Honorable Greg Surber and Mrs. Eva King

 

INFORMAL ADDRESS

 

  • Married with Same Name: Mr. and Mrs. Mark and Sally Miller

  • Same Sex with Same last Name: Messrs. Cary and James Nelson or Madames Layla and Dorthy Kennedy

  • Married or Partnered with different names: Ms. Emma Blanchard and Mr. Larry DeHoog

  • Widowed: Mrs. Sarah Owen

  • Doctor (PhD or Medical): Dr. and Mrs. Johnathon and Christina Anderson

  • Doctors (PhD or Medical) with same last name: The Doctors Anderson

  • Doctors (PhD or Medical) with different last names: Dr. Amy Harbor and Dr. Gerry Miller

  • Judges, Captain, Lieutenant, Senator, Ambassador with same name partner or spouse: The Honorable and Mrs. Elmer and Ella Cervantez

  • Judges, Captain, Luitenant, Centor, Ambasador with different name partner or spouse: The Mrs. Eva King and The Honorable Greg Surber

CASUAL ADDRESS

 

  • Married or partnered with Same Name: Mark and Margaret Miller

  • Married or Partnered with different names (listed in alphabetical order): John DeHoog and Leila Blanchard

  • Single or Widowed: Sarah Owen (first name, last name)

 

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