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Invitation Etiquette

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Invitations are an art of their own. The take al ot of thought and talent in their design. After you have chosen your Invitations according to the theme of your event, you them must chose the message that you wish to express. Let us help you choose your party or event themed invitation from our various sources. The first impression a potential guest has of the event is the invitation. The chart below is of the standard addressing etiquette that has been in practice for most social occasions.

Addressing Etiquette

 Outer Envelopes

Inner Envelopes

Single Guests

Unmarried Female

Miss Jane Jones
or
Ms. Jane Jones

Miss Jones and Guest
or
Ms. Jones and Guest

Divorced Female-kept married name (Smith)

Mrs. Jane Smith
or
Ms. Jane Smith

Mrs. Smith and Guest
or
Ms. Smith and Guest

Divorced Female-back to married name (Jones) Ms. Jane Jones

Ms. Jones and Guest

Widowed Female

Mrs. Jane Smith
or
Mrs. John Smith

Mrs. Smith (and Guest)

*never use ‘and guest’ if recently widowed.

 CHILDREN 

 

Children under 18

*Do not put on outer envelope Only list parents.

And Kayla (1 child)
Kayla and Johnny (2+children)
*List by age-oldest first.

Child 18 and over Miss Kayla Jones

Miss Jones and Guest

 COUPLES 

 

Unmarried couples who do not live together

Miss Jane Jones

*the only name on the outer should be the person who lives at the address.

Miss Jones
Mr. Davis

Unmarried couples who live together

Miss Jane Jones
Mr. Carl Davis

Miss Jones
Mr. Davis

Married couples-*notice the use of ‘and’ to signify marriage in the following: Mr. And Mrs. Carl Davis Mr. And Mrs. Davis
Married Couple-She kept maiden name

Mrs. Jane Jones
and Mr. Carl Davis

Mrs. Jones and Mr. Davis
Married Couple-She has hyphenated last name

Mrs. Jane Jones-Davis
and Mr. Carl Davis

Mrs. Jones-Davis and Mr. Davis
Married Couple-She has a professional title and he does not.

Doctor Jane Davis
and Mr. Carl Davis

Doctor Davis and Mr. Davis

Married Couple-both are doctors

Doctor Jane Davis

and Doctor Carl Davis

or

The Doctors Davis

The Doctors Davis
Married Couple-both are doctors with different last names

Doctor Jane Jones
and Doctor Carl Davis

Doctor Jones 

and
Doctor Davis

Same sex Couples-list in alphabetical order by last name

Mr. Fred Smith
Mr. Mark Jones

Mr. Smith
and
Mr. Jones

 MILITARY 

He is a commissioned officer Colonel and Mrs. Carl Davis Colonel and Mrs. Davis
He is a non-commissioned officer or enlisted man Mr. And Mrs. Carl Davis Mr. and Mrs. Davis
He is a retired commissioned officer Colonel and Mrs. Carl Davis Mr. and Mrs. Davis
She is a commissioned officer, he is not

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Davis
or
Captain Jane Davis
and Mr. Carl Davis

Mr. and Mrs. Davis
or
Captain Davis and Mr. Davis

 MISCELLANEOUS 

Judge

The Honorable and Mrs. Carl Davis Judge and Mrs. Davis
Reverend Reverend and Mrs. Carl Davis Reverend and Mrs. Davis
     

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