Formal Guest Addressing

Listed below are some etiquettes for formal guest addressing on envelopes and other stationery materials. Please use these at your discretion.
Tip: Save time by including proper formatting and titles on your guest list at the start of the project.
Be sure to be consistent in the formatting of the addresses.

Singles

Ms. Claire Brown
Mr. Martin Johnson
Captain Luke Greyson

Singles living together
or Invited together
Note: Whoever ranks higher in title, name goes first. Names listed separately
Dr. Martin Johnson and
Ms. Claire Brown

Divorcees
Note: Ms. is acceptable as well, you can ask what she prefers
Mrs. Claire Brown

Widows
Note: Widows usually keep their husband’s last name until she remarries, you can ask what she prefers
Mrs. Claire Johnson

Marrieds

Same last name
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Johnson

Different last name
Mr. Martin Johnson
and Mrs. Claire Brown

Hyphenated Name
Mr. Martin Johnson and
Mrs. Claire Lee-Johnson

Doctor - Same last name
Note: Whoever ranks higher in title, name goes first
Dr. Martin Johnson
and Mrs. Claire Brown

Both Doctors - Same last name
Drs. Martin and Claire Johnson

Both Doctors - Different last name
Dr. Martin Johnson
and Dr. Claire Brown

Officers - Same last name
Note: Whoever ranks higher in title, name goes first
Captain Claire Brown and
Mr. Martin Johnson

Both Officers - Same last name
Captains Martin and Claire Johnson

Both Officers - Different last name
Captain Martin Johnson and
Captain Claire Brown

Families

Note: Master for boys under 13, Miss for girls under 16, Ms. for girls over 16
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Johnson
Master Paul Johnson

Two Children
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Johnson
Master Paul Johnson
Miss Faye Johnson

2+ Children
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Johnson
and Family

Adult Children
Note: 21 year-olds and older in same household with families should receive their own invite

Titles + More

Retired Military Officers
Colonel and Mrs. Claire Johnson

Judges - Same last name
Note: Whoever ranks higher in title, name goes first
The Honorable Martin Johnson
and Mrs. Johnson

Judges - Different last name
Note: Whoever ranks higher in title, name goes first
The Honorable Claire Brown
and Mr. Martin Johnson

Use at your discretion
• Streets & States are always written out, Apt spelled out to Apartment

• House numbers smaller than 20 should be spelled out

• P.O. Box spelled out to Post Office Box

• Suffixes are usually spelled out - Jr. to Junior, Sr. to Senior

• Middle Names should be spelled out if you decide to use them

• Military titles should be spelled out and may be followed by the branch or service on a separate line