(Closed) Invitation Address Label Wording

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
14494 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

1)  Mr. & Mrs. John Smith


2) Ms. Ann Smith

Toby, Jane

3) Ms. Ann Smith

Toby Smith, Jon Johnson


Post # 5
2600 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I don’t have an inner envelope, either.  Mine are a little more casual but here’s what I’ll be using:

1) The Lewis Family

2) The Smith Family (or) Nancy, Anna & Henry Smith

3) Renee & Alison Jones, Max Gardner

This happens to work for my invite list & level of formality but it may not for you.  I tend to like the names all on one line and try to find a way to make that work.

Post # 6
1698 posts
Bumble bee

I abhor putting the names of lovers, or children, on the outside of an envelope for all the world to gawk at. For a married couple, it’s fine to put:

Mr and Mrs Nestor Phipps


Mr Nestor Phipps and Ms Irenee Phipps


Mr Nestor Phipps and Ms Irenee Greco

depending on what name Nestor’s wife prefers for social use. And for singles, of course you can just put their individual names. For all the other situations where you might be making your guests’ privacy feel violated, I’d be inclined to put a belly-band around the invitation and write the guests’ names on that. It will also help you by drawing the guests’ attention to who is actually named on the invitation, since many people’s first instinct is to discard the envelope and attend primarily to the contents. Then on the belly band you put:

Mr and Ms Phipps
Miss Phipps, Miss Hypatia

Doesn’t matter how many children there are, you just list them by their formal names whatever they are. The eldest unmarried person of a given sex and surname is Mr or Miss Lastname; every younger person is Mr or Miss Firstname. In correct social usage, the first name and surname are never used together.

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