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How to address an Invitation
Just as the wording on your invitation follows certain etiquette guidelines, so does the addressing of the envelope. Proper addresses include social titles, first, middle and last names. The titles "Mr." or "Mrs." may be abbreviated; however all other words, including the state name should be spelled out. For example, "Street" is used in place of "St." and "Texas" instead of "TX". This also includes writing middle names and suffixes in full, no initials should be used. Invitations are always addressed to both members of a married couple, even though the bride may know only one or know that only one will attend.
Mr. Tom Thompson Junior and Mrs. Teresa Thompson
Use the title "Ms." when addressing an invitation to a single woman. The term "Miss" is reserved for girls under the age of 18. If the recipient is a divorced woman who has not remarried, it is correct to use either Mrs. or Ms. with her married name. If she prefers her maiden name, then use the title "Ms." in the address. If addressing an invitation to a widowed woman and you are unsure of her preferred title, the most formal way to address the invitation is to use her married title. Otherwise, address the invitation as you would to an unmarried woman.
Woman recipient - not married
Woman recipient - divorced
Woman recipient - widowed
When addressing an invitation to a couple whom reside at the same address, but are not married, format the address with the woman's name first followed by the man's. Use the title of "Ms." for the woman's name and the man's full name. Join the two names with "and", together on one line, for example; Ms. Annie Thompson and Mr. David Smith.
When an invitation is intended for both the parents and children, proper etiquette dictates addressing the outer envelope to only the parents. Children over the age of 18 receive their own invitation. Do not include the words "and family" or "and guest" on the outer envelope. Add a handwritten note into the invitation explaining that you would like to include additional family members or an additional guest.