Many people don’t realize that there is a “right” way to write to an envelope, especially for your wedding invitations.If it goes to the right place, you’ve done the right thing…Isn’t it?Unfortunately, this is not the case.If you are addressing a wedding invitations,it is especially important to address it correctly in order to appear respect and politeness.This is a skill that you may have to use-have the right titles.
Titles are tricky, to say the least. There are so many different titles out there and they all have slightly different rules. We’ve collected some of the frequently used titles and created examples of how to use them when addressing wedding invitations. Hope you it will be helpful!
The phrase “The Honorable” is used as a title of respect for mayors, judges and governors.
Formal: The Honorable and Mrs. Michael Nelson
Informal: Judge and Mrs. Nelson.
Military titles are used whether the individual is active or retired. Always list person of higher rank first. This is a very simple list of military titles and how to use them on wedding invitation envelopes.
Male or Female, Formal: Colonel Payton Peterson
United States Air Force
Male or Female, Informal: Colonel Peterson
Male Married, Formal: Colonel and Mrs. Joshua Stephens
Male Married, Informal: Colonel and Mrs. Stephens
Female Married, Formal: Lieutenant Allison Andrews
Mr. William Andrews
Female Married, Informal: Lieutenant Andrews
Male, Formal: Doctor Steven Miller
Male, Informal: Doctor Miller
Male Married, Formal: Doctor and Mrs. Steven Miller
Male Married, Informal: Doctor and Mrs. Miller
Female Married, Formal: Doctor Sarah Landon and Mr. Derek Landon
Female Married, Informal: Doctor Landon and Mr. Landon
Married Couple, Both Doctors, Formal: Doctors Derek and Sarah Landon
Married Couple, Both Doctors, Informal: The Doctors Landon
Formal: Dr. Jane Westington
Informal: Dr. Westington
Married, Formal: Dr. Jane Westington and Mr. John Westington
Married, Informal: Dr. Westington and Mr. Westington
Married Couple, Both Doctors, Formal: Drs. Jane and John Westington
Married Couple, Both Doctors, Informal: The Drs. Westington
Reverend is a title of honor for clergy members, not necessary the title of a person’s role. Therefore, a Pastor may be called Reverend (and in formal situations, should be) but a Reverend does not necessarily indicate that the person is a Pastor (presiding over a church).
Formal: The Reverend Benjamin Bellman
Informal: The Reverend Bellman
Married Formal: The Reverend and Mrs. Benjamin Bellman
Married Informal: The Reverend and Mrs. Bellman
Formal: Pastor Benjamin Bellman
Informal: Pastor Bellman
Married Formal: Pastor and Mrs. Benjamin Bellman
Married Informal: Pastor and Mrs. Bellman
Formal: Rabbi David Aaronson
Informal: Rabbi Aaronson
Married Formal: Rabbi and Mrs. David Aaronson
Married Informal: Rabbi and Mrs. Aaronson
Priest Formal: The Father Edwin Anderson
Priest Informal: The Father Anderson
Junior is used when a child has the same name as his father. The roman numerals II and III are used when a child has the same name as a relative such as a cousin or uncle.
Junior Formal: Mr. Steven Nelson, junior
Junior Informal: Mr. Steven Nelson, Jr.
Senior Formal: Mr. Steven Nelson, senior
Senior Informal: Mr. Steven Nelson, Sr.
II and III Formal/Informal: Mr. Steven Nelson, II