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Addressing your wedding envelopes goes hand in hand with the guidelines of basic etiquette. The main thing to remember is to respect the manner in which your guests would like to be addressed. This will take thoughtfulness, time and finesse. Which guests have professional titles? Which friends prefer Mr. Ms., Mrs., or have kept their maiden name, etc.?

Traditional etiquette suggests that you not use abbreviations for professional and military titles, street names, states—​exceptions being: Mr. Mrs. Ms. Jr. Sr. II, III. The number one, apartment numbers can be written in numerals.

Tips

Be aware of postage costs by taking an assembled invite to the post office.

Request the post office hand-cancel your envelope to avoid damage from postal machines

Remember the additional postage required for RSVP cards

Singles

Mr. Richard Castle
203 West 115th Street
New York, NY 10026

Ms. Katherine Becket
127 East 58th Street
New York, NY 10022

Single + Guest

Mr. Richard Castle
and guest
203 West 115th Street
New York, NY 10026

Unmarried Couple

They each get their own line

Miss Fiona Glennane
Mr. Michael Weston
1501 NW 12 Avenue
Miami, FL 33136

Married Couples

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Brady
1313 West Eighth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Children

If children are invited:

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Brady
and family
1313 West Eighth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

If children are not invited:

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Brady
1313 West Eighth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

By not including “and family“ you are implying that it’s an “adults only” event

Titles

He has a title and she does not

Doctor and Mrs. Cliff Huxtable
10 Stigwood Avenue
Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201

She has a title, he does not
Use wife’s title with full name
and husband’s first and last names

The Honorable Judy Jackson and Mr. Robert Jackson
123 Main Street
Anytown, US 55555

They both have titles

Doctors Cliff and Clair Huxtable
10 Stigwood Avenue
Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201

Professor Cliff Huxtable and Doctor Clair Huxtable
10 Stigwood Avenue
Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201

Examples of other titles

Father and Mrs. Daniel Brown
Professor Pam Halpert and Mr. James Halpert
Reverend and Mrs. Marjorie Simpson
Major and Mrs. Ralph Kramden