ENVELOPE ETIQUETTE

Putting a guest list together can be an overwhelming task! Below are some tips to help you during the addressing process. 


FORMS OF ADDRESS

Not sure how to address specific people on your guest list? Look below for tips on common people you will be sending invitations to and how to address them properly.

Single Woman

Outer Envelope: Miss Shelia Rhodes or Ms. Shelia Rhodes
Inner Envelope: Miss Rhodes or Ms. Rhodes

Single Woman and Date

Outer Envelope: Miss Jenna Rowe or Ms. Jenna Rowe
Inner Envelope: Miss Rowe and guest or Ms. Rowe and guest

Single Man

Outer Envelope: Mr. Wilfred Shaw
Inner Envelope: Mr. Shaw

Single Man and Date

Outer Envelope: Mr. Steve Holmes
Inner Envelope: Mr. Holmes and guest

Unmarried Couple Living Together

Outer Envelope Line 1: Miss Anita Washington
Outer Envelope Line 2: Mr. Marco Lynch    
Inner Envelope Line 1: Miss Washington
Inner Envelope Line 2: Mr. Lynch

Married Couples

Outer Envelope: Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Hammond
Inner Envelope: Mr. and Mrs. Hammond

Married Couples with Children under 18 and Living at Home (and Invited)

Outer Envelope: Mr. and Mrs. Travis Jenkins
Inner Envelope: Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins

Over 18 Two or more Daughters/Sons

Outer Envelope Line 1: Miss Leigh Hunter
Outer Envelope Line 2: Miss Rachael Hunter
Inner Envelope: The Misses Hunter

Over 18 Son and Daughter

Outer Envelope Line 1: Miss Bernadette Marsh
Outer Envelope Line 2: Mr. Carlos Marsh
Inner Envelope Line 1: Miss Marsh
Inner Envelope Line 2: Mr. Marsh 

Wife Kept Maiden Name

Outer Envelope: Ms. Tricia Porter and Mr. Nicolas Tate
Inner Envelope: Ms. Porter and Mr. Tate

Wife is a Doctor

Outer Envelope: Doctor Hazel Joseph and Mr. Bill Joseph
Inner Envelope: Doctor Joseph and Mr. Joseph

Both are Doctors

Outer Envelope: The Doctors Hudson
Or: Doctor Blake Hudson and Doctor Rebecca Hudson
Inner Envelope: The Doctors Hudson

Husband is Judge

Outer Envelope: The Honorable Charles Shirley and Mrs. Shirley
Inner Envelope: Judge and Mrs. Shirley 

Divorced/Widowed

Outer Envelope: Mrs. Joann Aguilar
Inner Envelope: Mrs. Aguilar

Officer or Retired Officer

Outer Envelope: Colonel and Mrs. Robert Anderson
Inner Envelope: Colonel and Mrs. Anderson

Jr./Sr.

Outer Envelope: Mr. and Mrs. Victor Clarke, Jr. 
Or: Mr. and Mrs. Victor Clarke, junior
Inner Envelope: Mr. and Mrs. Clarke

Roman Numerals

Outer Envelope: Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Cain III
Or: Mr. and Mrs. Terry Peters IV
Inner Envelope: Mr. and Mrs. Cain or Mr. and Mrs. Peters