Common Addressing Situations

 
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When you're making your guest list, you can use this as a guide if you're unsure about how to address guests:

Married Couple, Formal
"Mr. and Mrs. John Smith"

Married Couple, Informal
"John and Anne Smith"

Same Sex Partners, Married or Unmarried
"Mr. John Smith and Mr. James Rogers" or "Mrs. Rose Smith and Mrs. Kelly Rogers"
or
"Ms. Rose Smith and Ms. Kelly Rogers"
or
"Mr. and Mr. John and James Smith" or "Mrs. and Mrs. Rose and Kelly Smith"

Unmarried Couple, Living Together
"Ms. Anne Smith and Mr. John Rogers"

Married Couple with Children Under 18, Living at Home, Formal
"Mr. and Mrs. John Smith, Miss Sally Smith:

Married Couple with Children Under 18, Living at Home, Informal
"John and Anne Smith, Sally and Suzie"

Married Couple, Wife Kept Maiden Name
"Mr. John Smith and Ms. Anne Rogers"

Married Couple, Both Hold Titles with Different Last Names
"Dr. John Smith and Dr. Anne Rogers" (informal)
"Doctor John Smith and Doctor Anne Rogers" (formal)
Works for any title-holding profession (judge, military, etc.)

Married Couple, Wife Holds Title
"Title (Doctor, The Honorable, etc.) Anne Smith and Mr. John Smith"

Married Couple, Husband Holds Title
"Title (Doctor, The Honorable, etc.) and Mrs. John Smith"

Single Woman, With or Without Guest
"Ms. Anne Smith" or "Ms. Anne Smith and Guest"
or
"Ms. Smith" or "Ms. Smith and Guest"

Single Man, with or Without Guest
"Mr. John Smith" or "Mr. John Smith and Guest"
or
"Mr. Smith" or "Mr. Smith and Guest"

Divorced Woman, Gone Back To Maiden Name
"Ms. Anne Smith" or "Ms. Smith"

Widowed Woman:
"Mrs. John Smith" or "Mrs. Anne Smith" or "Mrs. Smith"

Feel free to contact me if you have any other questions!

 

 
FAQKaylyn Sherman