Post # 1
hi! I am addressing envelopes for the bride and came across a married couple who are both doctors and he is the third. How in the world do you address the envelope? Would it be
Drs. John and Mary Smith, III?
Post # 2
chloe829: I don’t know the official ettiquette, but for my own invites, I adopted a “when in doubt, write it out” attitude, so if there’s room, I’d put: Dr. John Smith III & Dr. Mary Smith
Post # 3
Drs. Mary and John Smith III?
ETA: on this website it suggests married doctors with the same name should be written on two lines with the woman first, so you could do:
Doctor Mary Smith
Doctor John Smith III
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2015 - The Victorian
chloe829: I bet that’s gonna be a hell of a gift they’re gonna get from that couple.
Post # 5
I found this on the Crane blog:
Given this advice, I would suggest:
Doctor John Phillip Doe, III
and Doctor Jane Smith Doe
Even on two lines, the “and” says that they are married.
Post # 6
chloe829: I’m actually a little stumped by this one. To begin with, on a formal invitation like a wedding invitation, you should not use the abbreviation “Dr.” You should spell out “Doctor.”
For a married couple who are doctors with the same last name, it should properly be written:
The Doctors Smith
Now, a woman who uses the title “Mrs.” with her husbands full name also takes his suffix, so that the wedding invitation would normally look like so:
Mr. and Mrs. John Smith, III
In the instance of them both being doctors, I would presume that it would be acceptable to put:
The Doctors Smith, III
Though, I admit, I am a bit unclear on if this is precise or not. You wouldn’t be separating the man from his title or suffix, so it seems like this might be appropriate, but I stand to be corrected.
Considering that his wife would take his suffix if she takes his name and the title “Mrs.,” I presume it to be the same if they both have the title “Doctor”.
Post # 7
Brielle: I agree that Crane’s is the best! That’s where I was getting “The Doctors” from.
I used the two line rule, too, but for when the wife is a doctor and the husband is not.
Given that the OP can put the doctors who share a last name on two separate lines conjoined by the word “and,” I think the way you have it written out might actually be more helpful and less confusing.
Post # 8
I would say “The Doctors Smith” or “Doctors Bob and Mary Smith.” I don’t think it’s really necessary to include the “III” if you’re associating him with his wife; it’s implied that the Bob Smith is married to Mary. Fiance has a similar suffix, and he doesn’t really care if it’s included in text.
Even if it’s proper etiquette listing Dr. Bob Smith and Dr. Mary Smith, it still makes me think they are divorced and two separate entities.