Addressing Wedding Invites for Police Officer

posted 1 year ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
10275 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I’ve never heard of addressing a police officer differently on an invitation. My husband’s uncle is a detective, we didn’t put Detective X on his invite. I’m pretty sure that’s not a thing.

We also skipped the whole Mr/Mrs thing. We just put people’s first and last names.

Post # 3
4697 posts
Honey bee

It should be Mr.

Post # 4
277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

It’s a work title not a permanent one . That’s a bit different than something like being a doctor or a Sir/Dame, countess, etc which you are forever. If you leave the police force you aren’t still an officer. Outside of work you’re just you. But if you know any retired admirals or presidents then that’s more tricky. 🙂

Post # 5
2969 posts
Sugar bee

My cousin is a police officer and I just addressed his invite as Mr. and Mrs.

Post # 6
748 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

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hikingbride :  This is what we did! So many military people  I didn’t want to screw up so I just did first names. Still not sure if that was appropriate for rank but we didn’t get called out by anyone! 

Post # 7
2235 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

My father was a police officer (and highly ranked) and he never expected anyone to call him anything other than “Mr. Name” at personal social events. Calling them by their title is definitely not a thing unless they’re in uniform and either 1. on the job or 2. at a formal setting like a promotion recognition or retirement ceremony. 

Post # 8
353 posts
Helper bee

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Allycat00091 :  It’s a non-issue. As a child of cops, we literally never address them by anything other then Mr, Ms, or Mrs. You’re not an officer yourself, no need to use rank.

Post # 9
1758 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Malibou Lake Mountain Club

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Allycat00091 :  i have family and friends in the military and police, and I think i just addressed them as The Does, or The Anonymous Family. Since I was inviting everyone within their family unit.

Post # 10
1312 posts
Bumble bee

I agree with PPs. My father is a police officer and he didn’t expect to be called “officer” unless he was on duty. I think “Mr.” is correct etiquette here.

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