(Closed) Including wife’s first name on Invitation

posted 11 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 17
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114 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Honestly, I skipped the whole formal thing and just wrote:

John & Jane Smith

The way  I see it is, when I send them any other correspondence, I just put: John & Jane Smith so why do I need to do Mr. & Mrs. now?

Plus, our friends and family are really cool, laid-back people so we knew they wouldn’t blink an eye at the lack of formality. 

Post # 18
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

“For example, “Mrs. Jane Miller” (wife of John Smith), “Mrs. Jane Smith” or “Mrs. Jane Miller-Smith” were considered incorrect by many etiquette writers, especially of the early 20th century.”

To me that means it’s traditional but also arguably outdated. I would say, if you know you have some family members that are super traditional, use the traditional addressing. But personally, I cringe when I see Mr. and Mrs. Ribs Ribbons on an envelope.

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee

I also plan on writing the wife’s first name.  I haven’t decided exactly how to do it though.  Etiquette says to leave it out, but if you think this is an old, sexist tradition, like I do, then there are no rules!  I think I’ll do “Mr. and Mrs. John and Jane Smith” if I know the male better and “Mrs. and Mr. Jane and John Smith” if I know the female better.  Etiquette already says I’d be doing it wrong, so I’m just going to do it in the way I feel most comfortable with.  The traditional way also doesn’t take into account women who don’t change their last names, and there are quite a few of those in my group, so those would be “Ms. Jane Doe and Mr. John Smith” And who cares how it sounds when you say it?  Who reads the outside of an envelope outloud? Just do what you want!

Post # 20
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I did Mr. & Mrs. John & Jane Smith

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

This is a tough one. Personally – I think some people would get offended no matter what I do! I know it’s longer – but couldn’t you write both of their full names? As in:

Mr. John Smith & Ms. Jane Smith

 

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@PrairieGirl: the way you wrote is is the most accurate if you plan to use both names, not using Mrs. in association with the woman’s name unless you are referring to her as Mrs. Man’s first name Man’s last name.

Post # 23
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722 posts
Busy bee

One of the many reasons I am not changing my name when I get married!

My friends who are not traditional didn’t change their names so I will list their separate names. For those that did, I still haven’t figured out what i will do. I may have to do it  the traditional way, but I hate it – a woman’s name isn’t even worth mentioning?

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

On our invitations, I wrote “Mr. & Mrs. John and Jane Smith”

It’s the same format we used to introduce DH and I in our grand entrance, and I don’t think it sounds weird at all. 

Bottom line is, do what you want.  No one is gonna be a stickler about this issue… and if they are, they need to get a life!  Tongue out

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@ EmEv: have you thought of Mrs. Jane and Mr. John Smith?

Post # 28
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Sugar bee

I didn’t read every response.  So sorry if I repeat.  As  Iunderstand it, “Mrs. Jane Smith” implies you are widowed or divorced.  (As in, if you get divorced you are allowed to stuill keep your ex-husband’s last name, but you cannot use Mrs. John Smith, and must use Mrs. Jane Smith.

Post # 29
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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@EmEv:I think you’re right about how it sounds, but I think it looks better on paper.

Personally, I went with Jane and John Smith or Jane Jones and John Smith (plenty of name keepers in my circle). I have no idea why a wedding invite would require a Mr. or Mrs. or Ms. on it.

Though I did get plenty of Mr. and Mrs. John Smiths back on the RSVPs. Not from anyone under the age of 50, but there you have it.

Post # 30
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Why not just go with “FirstName1 & FirstName2 LastName”? If there are people that you know like to be addressed in a more formal way, then write “Mr & Mrs. SoandSo” on their invites.

Post # 31
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

I’m hardcore about aesthetics, but I see nothing wrong with the flow of “Mr. and Mrs. John and Jane Smith.” The alternative is appallingly demeaning. That’s how our envelopes went out, and some guests even filled out their RSVPs that way.

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