Addressing your wedding invitations seems like a simple task. Right? Maybe not. More often than not, a few questions always pop up. Here are our five most common mistakes in addressing your perfect wedding invitations, gleaned from 10 years in the printing business. Enjoy!

addressing to children under 15

When addressing to children under 15, you address title male ‘Master’ and females ‘Miss’: eg. Master John Johnson and Miss Jessica Doe

addressing to same sex couples

If the same sex couple is unmarried, you address them the same way you would address it to any other unmarried couple or married couple with different last names. The two names should be alphabetically listed on separate lines: eg. Mr. George Jones Mr. Tom Murkle. If they are married however, you have a couple of options, depending on how formally you want to address the envelopes. Because you won’t be saying Mr. and Mrs. for this invite, you can address it this way: eg.

Ms. Megan Doe
Ms. Claudette Cote

Another option would be to omit the Mr. and Ms. and address like this: eg. Megan Doe and Claudette Cote.

addressing doctors

These rules only refer to medical doctors. If only doctor exists in the couple, they are always named after the honorifics no matter the sex: eg. Doctor and Mrs. Jim Johnson, Doctor and Mr. Julia Knox. If both people in the couple are doctors, they are referred to as ‘The Doctors’: eg. The Doctors Jim Johnson and Evelyn Lee.

addressing heterosexual couple

When addressing a tradition couple, the male name follows the honorifics: eg. Mr. and Mrs. George Washington.

addressee implications

This seems like a simplistic rule but this can bite you. It’s implied that every addressee you name on the outside envelope is invited to the wedding: eg. If you name The Family of Jesse Jackson, the entire family is technically invited.


Image: Rustic Berry Wedding Invitation by B. Designs Paper