Please download one of the templates below to submit guest addresses for envelope calligraphy.

 

Here are some basic examples of common addressing situations. Please note that etiquette tips vary by source and only you can choose how you want to address the envelopes for your wedding.

Formal

Married Couple
OUTER: Mr. and Mrs. George Williams
INNER: Mr. and Mrs. Williams

Married Couple with Children Under 18 Living at Home
OUTER: Mr. and Mrs. George Williams
INNER: Mr. and Mrs. Williams
Miss Lisa Smith
Mr. Chris Smith

 

Informal

Married Couple
OUTER: George and Mary Williams
INNER: George and Mary

Married Couple with Children Under 18 Living at Home
OUTER: George and Mary Williams
INNER: George and Mary
Lisa and Chris


The below examples are listed formally. If you would like to write them informally please reference the Informal examples above.

Single Woman
Traditionally, Women over 18 are addressed as Ms. and under 18 are Miss.
OUTER: Miss/Ms. Mary Smith
INNER WITHOUT GUEST: Miss/Ms. Smith
INNER WITH GUEST: Miss/Ms. Smith and Guest
or
Miss/Ms. Smith
Mr. Williams

Single Man
OUTER: Mr. George Williams
INNER WITHOUT GUEST: Mr. Williams
INNER WITH GUEST: Mr. Williams and Guest
or
Mr. Williams
Miss/Ms. Smith

Widow
This is the traditional way to address a widow if you don't know her preference.
OUTER: Mrs. Mary Smith
INNER: Mrs. Smith

Unmarried Couple Living Together
OUTER: Ms. Mary Smith
Mr. George Williams
INNER: Ms. Smith
Mr. Williams

Married Couple, Wife Kept Her Maiden Name
OUTER: Mr. George Williams and Ms. Mary Smith
INNER: Mr. Williams and Ms. Smith

Married Couple, Both are Doctors, Different Last Names
OUTER: Doctor George Williams and Doctor Mary Smith
INNER: Doctor Williams and Doctor Smith

Married Couple, Both are Doctors, Same Last Name
OUTER: Doctor George Williams and Doctor Mary Williams
or
The Doctors Williams
INNER: The Doctors Williams

Married Couple, Wife is a Doctor
OUTER: Dr. Mary Smith and Mr. George Williams
INNER: Dr. Smith and Mr. Williams

Married Couple, Wife is a Doctor, Same Last Name
OUTER: Dr. Mary Williams and Mr. George Williams
INNER: Dr. Williams and Mr. Williams

Married Couple, Husband is a Doctor
OUTER: Dr. and Mrs. George Williams
INNER: Dr. and Mrs. Williams

Same Sex Male Married Couple with the Same Last Name
OUTER: The Messieurs George and John Williams
INNER: The Messieurs Williams

Same Sex Male Married Couple with Different Last Names
OUTER: Mr. George Williams and Mr. John Smith
INNER: Mr. Williams and Mr. Smith

Same Sex Female Married Couple with the Same Last Name
OUTER: The Mesdames Mary and Ellen Smith
INNER: The Mesdames Smith

Same Sex Female Married Couple with Different Last Names
OUTER: Mrs. Mary Smith and Mrs. Ellen Thompson
INNER: Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Thompson