How to Address Wedding Invitations |

How to Address Wedding Invitations

One of the most stressful parts of planning a wedding is the hours you’ll spend addressing invitations and envelopes. Determining the appropriate way to address each wedding invitation can be a painstaking process, but you can save time and energy by staying true to the theme of your wedding. Traditional weddings usually require formal invitations with all the bells and whistles. Casual weddings usually call for modern invitations with creative wording. Whichever style best complements the theme of your wedding, eInvite can help you get a head start. In this beginner’s guide, we’ll take a closer look at how to address wedding invitations in multiple methods. Keep reading to learn more!

How to Address Wedding Invitations

This guide will review some of the appropriate ways to address your invitations to married couples, families, children, and individuals with distinguished titles. These rules may not apply to your save the dates or other event invitations.

Addressing to a Married Couple

Outer Envelope: Mr. John and Mrs. Samantha Smith OR Mr. and Mrs. John Smith

Inner Envelope: Mr. and Mrs. Smith OR John and Samantha

If you’re addressing a married couple with different last names:

Outer Envelope: Mr. John Smith and Mrs. Samantha Hughes

Inner Envelope: Mr. Smith and Mrs. Hughes

Addressing to a Family with Children

Young guests can be included on the inner envelope, but it is not required to address them on the outer envelope. Use “Miss” to address any girls under the age of 18. Boys don’t need a title unless they’re over the age of 18. Young guests over the age of 18 should be addressed with “Mr.” or “Ms.” before each name.

Outer Envelope: Mr. and Mrs. John Smith

Inner Envelope: Mrs. And Mrs. John Smith

Michael, Miss Lauren, and Miss Kayla

Addressing to an Unmarried Couple

Similar to married couples, both names should be included on the envelopes, but each name gets its own line.

Outer Envelope: Mr. John Smith

Ms. Samantha Hughes

Inner Envelope: Mr. Smith

Ms. Hughes

Addressing Guests with Distinguished Titles

Doctors, judges, military personnel, reverends, and other individuals with distinguished titles should be addressed accordingly. Remember to take a woman who uses her maiden name professionally and socially into consideration.

Outer Envelope: Dr. Samantha Hughes and Mr. John Smith OR Dr. Samantha and Mr. John Smith

Inner Envelope: Dr. Hughes and Mr. Smith

If you’re addressing a married couple who both happen to be doctors:

Outer Envelope: Doctors Samantha and John Smith

Inner Envelope: The Doctors Smith


We hope that this guide provides the insight you need to start addressing your wedding invitations like a pro. If you have any questions about how to address wedding invitations, please contact us today for additional information or further assistance. Our friendly stationery mavens are here to assist you in any way possible, so please let us know how we can help to ensure your big day goes off without a hitch.