(Closed) Addressing an invitation to two men… in French?

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I took 4 years of French, but wouldn’t know where to start on this one!

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I believe the correct abbreviation is just “M.” for monsieur. As far as addressing two men… I’m not sure of any proper etiquette for that, I think just M. White and M. Smith is fine πŸ™‚

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I found this…

 

M. = Monsieur : Sir / plural: MM. = Messieurs
Mme = Madame : Madam / plural: Mmes = Mesdames
Mlle = Mademoiselle : Miss / plural: Mlles = Mesdemoiselles

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2018 - Majestic Colonial Resort, Punta Cana

I’m with OttawaBride2011M. White and M. Smith seems right. Or you could write ‘et’ instead of ‘and’ if you want to do it all in French. πŸ˜‰ MM. would work only if they had the same last name, in which case I think it would be MM. Jacques et Pierre Beausejour (most frenchy names I could think of, heh).

Flamingo’s French, maybe she would know?

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

If it is a formal invitation, you should not abbreviate.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

I like MM. Tomas et Paul

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2009

this might have just been a typo but it’s spelled “monsieur” Wink

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Are these men married or a couple living together? I will go against the etiqueete grain and say that if they are married they ought to be on the same line, just like any other married couple. If they a couple living together, then I would go with the “proper” two line address. It really bothers me that invitation etiquette (that I’ve found so far) says that even a married gay or lesbian couple ought to be addressed on two seperate lines! I am for equality across the board- all married couples, regardless of gender, ought to be addressed the same way.

 

Okay, sorry for the rant. This is a topic close to my heart!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We had this happen – its not just for gay couples, but technically any unmarried couple living together should be on two separate lines in alphabetical order (not by who you know or are related to).

However, if they would consider themselves married (and not all couples who are living together do) I agree that they would properly be addressed on the same line joined by “and” i.e Mr. A and Mr. B.  Technically “and” in an address line is reserved for married couples.  Weird things you learn when you address envelopes!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Heritage Square Museum

wow! I’ve learned so much about address etiquette from this little query!  thanks all! 

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