ADDRESSING YOUR ENVELOPES
It is customary to hand-write your recipient's names and addresses, and it doesn't have to be fancy to look beautiful!
If you're not comfortable doing this on your own or have decided not to hire a calligrapher,
consider reaching out to a friend or family member who has unique penmanship.
As an alternative, I offer recipient address printing in which your guest's names and addresses
will be printed directly on the envelopes in your choice of font.
To a Married Couple
Always address the envelope to both members of a married couple.
formal: "Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Carter"
informal: "Bruce and Tammy Carter"
To an Unmarried Couple Living Together
Address the envelope with each guest's full name, separated by "and" – or each name on their own line.
"Mr. Bruce Carter and Ms. Tammy Smith"
"Mr. Bruce Carter
Ms. Tammy Smith"
To Doctors or Reverends
If married couple are both doctors:
"The Doctors Smith"
If wife is the doctor:
"Dr. Nancy Smith and Mr. Oliver Smith"
If husband is the doctor:
"Dr. and Mrs. Oliver Smith"
If both doctors, but different last names:
"Dr. Oliver Smith and Dr. Nancy Wilson"
If husband is the reverend:
"Reverend and Mrs. Oliver Smith"
If wife is the reverend:
"Reverend Nancy Smith and Mr. Oliver Smith"
To a Single Female
It is proper to use "Ms." if she is over the ages of 16–18.
If she is younger, then use "Miss":
over 16–18: "Ms. Madeline Smith"
under 16–18: "Miss Madeline Smith"
To an Entire Household, Including Children
"Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Carter
Tommy, Abigail and Liam"
"Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Carter and Family"
If wife is a commissioned officer:
"Captain Nancy Smith and Mr. Oliver Smith"
If husband a commissioned officer:
"Captain and Mrs. Oliver Smith"
If husband is a retired commissioned officer:
"Colonel and Mrs. Oliver Smith"
If wife is the judge:
"The Honorable Nancy Smith
and Mr. Oliver Smith"
If husband is the judge:
"The Honorable and Mrs. Oliver Smith"