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FB Quick Tips:

- Feel free to use your computer and print out clear address labels if you don't have good handwriting or can't afford a calligrapher.

- List children's first names on line 2 of the outer envelope from oldest to youngest

- If you don't want kids at your wedding, omitting their names from the inner and outer envelope is the rule that everyone is supposed to know but of course will choose to ignore. See our reply card @ www.frugalbride.com/replycards.html article for other suggestions

- Person with an occupational title is listed first, regardless of sex (Doctor, Judge, military, etc...)

- When inviting unmarried couples, address the invite to the person you know best, regardless of sex.

- You don't have to send an invitation to your wedding party but it's a nice memento.

- Guests over the age of 18 gets their own invitation

Use of Titles:

We've heard from many brides in the past few years that don't like the use of titles (Mr., Ms. Miss, Mrs. etc). They prefer to use the first and last names of all their guests.

Married couple: John and Mary White

Married couple, wife has kept her family name: John Brown and Mary White.

Personally, I'm not ready to give up titles but if you don't want to use them, I doubt that the RCMP will show up at your door step with a warrant. Including the wife's name on the outer envelope is a different story. I think it's nice.

*Please note that the examples given below reflect proper etiquette.  If you don't have an inner envelope, don't worry, just address the outer.

Married Couple:

Outer: Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Pitt

Inner: Mr. and Mrs. Pitt

Married Couple - Wife kept her maiden name:

Outer: Mr. Bradley Pitt and Mrs. Angelina Jolie

Inner: Mr. Pitt and Mrs. Jolie

Married Couple - Wife is a Doctor:

Outer: Dr. Mary Shapiro and Mr. Clarence Rockwell

Inner: Dr. Shapiro and Mr. Rockwell

Married Couple - Wife has a title and same last name as her husband

Outer: The Honourable Sonya Rosenthal and Mr. Samuel Rosenthal

Inner: Judge and Mr. Rosenthal

Married Couple - Husband is a Doctor:

Outer: Dr. Philip and Mrs. McGraw

Inner: Dr. and Mrs. McGraw

Married Couple - 2 Doctors with the same last name:

Outer: The Doctors Brown or Drs. Bill and Mary Brown

Inner: The Doctors Brown

Married Couple - 2 Doctors with different last names and the wife is your friend:

Outer: Dr. Mary White and Dr. Bill Brown

Inner: Dr. White and Dr. Brown

Gay Married Couple with the same last name

Outer: The Messrs. Elton and David John

Inner: The Messrs. John 

Gay Married Couple with different last names

Outer: Mr. Elton John and Mr. David Furnish

Inner: Mr. John and Mr. Furnish  

Lesbian Married Couple with the same last name

Outer: The Mesdames Rosie and Kellie O'Donnell 

Inner: The Mesdames O'Donnell

Lesbian Married Couple with different last names

Outer: Mrs. Rosie O'Donnell and Mrs. Kellie White

Inner:  Mrs. O'Donnell an Mrs. White

 "and Guest": Address invite to your single friend. He doesn't know who he's bringing

Outer: Mr. Leonardo DiCaprio

Inner: Mr. DiCaprio and Guest

"and Family": No need to mention children on the outer envelope only the inner

Outer: Mr. and Mrs. Willard Smith

Inner: Mr. and Mrs. Smith

Trey, Jaden and Willow

Adult Brothers living at the same address

Outer: The Messrs. Thomas and William Black

Inner: The Messrs. Black

Adult Sisters living at the same address

Outer: The Misses Mary and Heather Thompson

Inner: The Misses Thompson

Adult Brother and Sister living at the same address

Outer: Mr. Wayne Yoshita and Miss Rose Yoshita

Inner: Mr. Yoshita and Miss Yoshita

Unmarried couple that live together - Put names on separate lines

Outer: Miss Helen White

Mr. Charles Poker

Inner: Miss White and Mr. Poker

Single Woman

Outer: Miss Betty Boop

Inner: Miss Boop

Single Man

Outer: Mr. Raymond Burk

Inner: Mr. Burk

Divorced or Widowed Woman with Children

Outer: Mrs. or MS. Linda Chang

Inner: Mrs. or Ms. Chang

John and May

Relatives - Outer is formal, Inner is what you call them

Outer: Mr. and Mrs. Arturo DiSanto

Inner: Uncle Arty and Aunt Maria

Priest

Outer: Father John O'Malley

Inner: Father O'Malley

Rabbi

Outer: Rabbi and Mrs. Dovid Zucker

Inner: Rabbi and Mrs. Zucker

Elected Officials (Governor, Mayor, Judge, etc...)

Outer: The Honourable Hilary Clinton and Mr. William Clinton

Inner: The Honourable and Mr. Clinton

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You can use the Elected officials specific title

Outer: Senator Hillary Clinton and Mr. William Clinton

Inner: Senator and Mr. Clinton

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