(Closed) How do you address a envelope when a couple have different last names??

posted 10 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 17
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I don’t understand the idea that anyone would keep their own name and become a Mrs. Uhhh…isn’t that the point? That marriage doesn’t graduate you to being a grown up now/completely different person??

Ms. all the way.

Post # 18
3361 posts
Sugar bee

You do not become a Mrs unless you change your name.  You stay a Ms.

So it would be Mr. John Smith and Ms. Sally Jones.

Post # 19
11535 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

The resource I used for all of these types of questions is The Wedding Blue Book: The Definitive Guide to Wedding Correspondece Etiquette by Crane & Company.  In a case of addressing an invitation to a married couple where the wife has kept her maiden name, the outer envelope should be addressed as:

Ms. Christine Pritchett
and Mr. Troy Clayton

on two separate lines.

The inner envelope should be addressed as follows, also on two separate lines:

Ms. Pritchett
and Mr. Clayton

Below is a link to this example on the company’s website, which also addresses scenarios in which either the husband or wife or both are doctors or judges and numerous other invitation-addressing scenarios.


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