(Closed) How to address a reverend?

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
1474 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Bent Creek Winery (Livermore, California); Reception: Family Residence (San Ramon, California)

I think that since he’s been referring to himself as “David,” it’s OK to use his first name. In general, I like to follow the example that people set for themselves. I don’t think he’s use such an informal sign-off and then expect you to call him something different. 🙂

Post # 4
5660 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Agreed with PP. I WISH out officiant would sign her emails with just her first name but she doesn’t, she signs them Rev Sylvia, so I address her that way in response. 

Post # 5
315 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 1997

I address my emails using my title at the beginning of my correspondence with couples. If they are formal I stick with my title and last name. However, if the couple is more relaxed then I go to my title with first name and finally to just my first name. I want couples to be comfortable at whatever formality level is right for them.

But when I am with my husband or at any function that does not require me to be a minister then I am Mrs.

Post # 7
1839 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@awakeanddreaming:  i have no idea! i started out addressing mine by her 1st name. it’s really hard to tell b/c she has one of those automatic signatures at the end of her emails that say rev. her full name.  we’re meeting her this weekend and i have no idea how to address her in person

Post # 9
1375 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you use the title Reverend, use “The Reverend David X”.  Reverend itself is used as a descriptive workd, like “The Esteemed” or “The Awesome”.

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