(Closed) How to address – Single parent with a guest and child

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
1326 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

My Maid/Matron of Honor is in the same boat. She has 2 girls (my flower girls) is divorced and is dating someone with 2 kids. She’s like my sister, and I don’t care who she invites! 😛 For my Save-The-Date Cards, I just put:

First Last & Family

We forwent the Ms/Mrs/Mr titles, but I think you could totally still do it that way.

Ms. Cousin McCousin and Family

Then just let her know via email or phone or whatever that her kids and a guest are invited, and be sure to put X seats have been reserved in your honor.

Not sure if that’s correct etiquette, but that’s what I’ll be doing, and it saves me a headache on the envelope.

Post # 4
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

If you don’t want to ask the name of your person’s date, the way you have it is fine. 🙂 Some may say that you should ask the name of each guest, but if its not a super formal affair, then I think just guest is fine, but on the response card maybe you could find a way to get all the names with their meal option

Post # 5
6351 posts
Bee Keeper

Mine were always addressed one of two ways. We do not have the same last name.

Ms. Susie Sunshine and Ms. Anabelle Moon

123 Main St.


Ms. Susie Shunshine and guest

Ms. Anabelle Moon

123 Main St.

Post # 6
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i would do it the way your posted. you don’t need the “and” or the kid’s last name if the last name is the same as the mom’s.

Post # 7
4480 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

You should find the name of her plus one and address it that way. If you really want to avoid that for some reason, the way you have it is probably fine (leave off the “and” for her daughter and use Miss, i.e.,

Ms. Cousin McCousin and Guest
Miss Daughter McCousin

Post # 9
1696 posts
Bumble bee

To be rigourously correct,”and guest”s and the names of children don’t belong on the outside of envelopes. Best choice is to have a write-in line on the invitation itself in which case you don’t need inner envelopes. Failing that a nice option is to add a belly-band on the invitations that are addressed to anyone but a simple couple or single, and write the list of invitees on that. Which would make it:

Ms Cousin McCousin
1234 Street Ln
You Get The Point City, ST ZIP.

and on the belly-band:

Ms McCousin
Miss O’Cousin

and on a gracious social note sent separately,

“Dear Cousin,

Most of our guests are coming with a partner, so we wondered if there was anyone that you would like to come with. Let me know whom you would like to bring, and their address, and I’ll send them an invitation. Of course, you’re more than welcome on your own, as well!

Love, Brook”

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