Post # 31
Most traditionally, a married woman keeping her own name would be Ms. She would not use Mrs. with the woman’s own first name, because strictly speaking Mrs. means “wife of.” Many women do use this now, for example Mrs. Michelle Obama. Contemporary etiquette considers this usage to be fine.
So a wedding invitation could be
Ms. Jane Smith and Mr. John Doe
Mrs. Jane Smith and Mr. John Doe
Jane Smith and John Doe
The most proper way to address a married woman keeping her own name is to follow her own preference.
Post # 32
My DH and I have different last names. We just got a wedding invitation addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Hisfirstname Hislastname. I DETEST that because literally no part of my name is on the invitation. We always joke about it though… “hey babe it seems like I’m not invited to this wedding, but someone named “Mrs yourfirstname yourlastname” is. Do you know who that is?” “No I don’t! Maybe they just meant me and weren’t sure if I was a male or female so put both?” “Oh yes that must be it!”
Post # 33
I did not take my husband’s name when I married. Unless it is someone who does not know us very well and therefore doesn’t know our proper last names I expect the address to be written as Ms MyFirstName MyLastName and Mr. HisFirstName HisLastName or sans Ms and Mr. To address it any other way is not a proper form of address. I tend to find it insulting when people know my proper name and choose to not use it. Very disrespectful.
Post # 34
agreed on how disrespectful that is if the person knows better! I DID change my name and have corrected one family member a few times that my maiden name is no longer a part of my legal name and she insists on using it anyways. I have even explained that I kept my middle name rather than replacing it with my maiden because I wanted to keep the name my parents chose for me and not a family name they were obligated to use. I actually now just refuse to respond when she addresses me the wrong way because I think it is so rude. And seeing Mrs with my first name drives me crazy (yes I am 32 and prefer Mrs His FullName on personal correspondence if the person isn’t going to just use my name without Mrs) but I’m learning to accept that I’m in the minority for that in my generation.
Post # 35
- Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek
I don’t like the idea of Mr. and Mrs. HisName. We addressed ALL of our invites to couples as Ms./Mrs. HerName and Mr. HisName (or, if we know the male partner better, Mr. HisName and Ms./Mrs. HerName).
Post # 36
We had a couple like this on our guest list – we invited them as Mr John Doe & Ms Jane Smith all on the same line. She actually commented that she appreciated we hadn’t lobbed her in as Mrs John Doe, which apparently what most joint mail they receive lists.
Post # 37
Fi and I joke about that too 🙂 I just told him the other day that since I’ll be taking his name, he’ll have to find a new one. He acted all disappointed, pretended to think about it for a sec, and then settled on Randy Portobello.
Post # 38
As an aside, even if the woman has taken her husband’s surname, “Mr. and Mrs. John Smith” is terribly outdated.