When addressing your wedding invitation envelopes, you’ll want to be sure to use proper titles for those guests who have them. This is one of those etiquette rules that is commonly overlooked, but your guests will so appreciate your attention to detail when you get it right.

Take a hard look at your guest list and highlight the guests who may have a special title attached to their name.

The most common titles are job-related:

  • Legal role, such as a judge
  • Military
  • Doctor (both medical and PhD)

If you’re sending a wedding invitation to someone who is a senior or junior, this title can also be included on your envelope.

Once you know who needs a title included, use the helpful examples below to help address your wedding invitation envelopes:

How to Write Legal Titles on Envelopes

Tip: The phrase “The Honorable” is used as a title of respect for mayors, judges and governors.

Using “Honorable” in Envelope Addressing

The Honorable and Mrs. Michael Nelson
178 Walnut Street
Newbury, MA 08172

Using “Judge” in Envelope Addressing

Judge and Mrs. Nelson
178 Walnut Street
Newbury, MA 08172

 

How to Write Military Titles on Envelopes 

Tip: Military titles are used whether the individual is active or retired. Always list person of higher rank first.

Visit MILITARY FACTORY to learn more about rankings. This is a very simple list of military titles and how to use them on wedding invitation envelopes. If you have more questions or different situations to address, we recommend visiting FORMSOFADDRESS.INFO.

Military Envelope Addressing for a Single Person

Colonel Payton Peterson
19 Carpenter Avenue
Alexandria, Virginia 22301

Military Envelope Addressing for a Male, Married Person

Colonel and Mrs. Joshua Stephens
873 West Fourth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Military Envelope Addressing for a Female, Married Person

Lieutenant Allison Andrews
Mr. William Andrews
19 Oakwood Drive
Naperville, IL 60532

 

How to Write Medical Doctor Titles on Envelopes      

Medical Doctor Envelope Addressing for a Single Person

Doctor Taylor Miller
7162 Willow Way
Austin, TX 78762

Medical Doctor Envelope Addressing for a Married, Male Person

Doctor and Mrs. John James
88 Hazel Street
Orlando, FL 32891

Medical Doctor Envelope Addressing for a Married, Female Person

Doctor Sarah Landon and Mr. Derek Landon
112 Savannah Lane
Phoenix, AZ 85213

Medical Doctor Envelope Addressing for Two Married Doctors

Doctors Hannah and Melissa Forester
87 Oak Street
Chicago, IL 60817

 

How to Write PhD Doctor Titles on Envelopes

PhD Envelope Addressing for a Single Person

Dr. Jane Westington
1834 Claire Drive
Stowe, VT 05693

PhD Envelope Addressing for a Female, Married Person

Dr. Lori Andersen and Mr. John Andersen
281 Hampton Lane
Madison, WI 53598

PhD Envelope Addressing for a Male, Married Person

Dr. Patrick and Mrs. Wilson
32 Lannie Lane
Mauston, IN 40328

PhD Envelope Addressing for Two Married PhDs

Drs. Henry and Louisa Brown
732 Harriet Drive
Dallas, TX 75221

 

How to Write Clergy Titles on Envelopes    

Tip: Reverend is a title of honor for clergy members, not necessary the title of a person’s role. Therefore, a Pastor may be called Reverend (and in formal situations, should be) but a Reverend does not necessarily indicate that the person is a Pastor (presiding over a church).

Envelope Addressing for a Single Reverend

The Reverend Benjamin Bellman
17 Lindau Lane
Ely, MN 52392

Envelope Addressing for a Married Reverend

The Reverend and Mrs. Franklin Forst
1827 Elison Street
Mason City, IA 50401

Envelope Addressing for a Single Pastor

Pastor Heather Ballman
132 Easton Street
San Francisco, CA 94143

Envelope Addressing for a Married Pastor

Pastor and Mrs. Trent Willis
6245 Lexington Lane
Waco, TX 78762

Envelope Addressing for a Single Rabbi

Rabbi David Aaronson
192 Williams Street
Louis Joliet, IL 60392

Envelope Addressing for a Married Rabbi

Rabbi and Mrs. David Singer
88 Lotus Lane
Fresno, CA 93693

Envelope Addressing for a Priest

The Father Edwin Anderson
9452 Baker Street
Spokane, WA 99727

 

How to Write Common Suffixes Titles on Envelopes

Tips:

  • Junior is used when a child has the same name as his father.
  • Senior is used when a parent has the same name his child.
  • The roman numerals II and III are used when a child has the same name as a relative such as a cousin or uncle.

Envelope Addressing when Junior is in a Name

Mr. Steven Nelson, junior
777 North Avenue
Sand City, AZ 87821

Envelope Addressing when Senior is in a Name

Mr. Steven Nelson, senior
85 Nixon Street
Hay City, VA 19382

Envelope Addressing when II or III is in a Name

Mr. Steven Nelson, II
166 Moreland Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 98326

 

Happy addressing, brides and grooms!

xo – The team at Invitations by Dawn

6 thoughts on “Wedding Invitation Envelope Addressing: A Guide to Titles

  1. In addressing a letter to Dr. Joseph Smith and his spouse Pastor Jane Smith what would be the proper way to address the letter? Should it be Dr. Joseph Smith and Pastor Jane Smith, or Dr. and Pastor Joseph Smith.

    I want the salutation to be Joe and Jane.

  2. How do you address a doctor who is a colonel in the military but is also married to another doctor who is not in the military?

  3. Wedding invitation:
    Husband is “The Reverend Dr. John Doe”
    Wife is “The Reverend Jane Doe”

    I’m stumped on this one! And they’re performing our ceremony!

    • Hi Liz! Thanks for submitting your question! That’s a tough one 🙂 We would recommend “The Reverends Jane and John Doe”
      Hope that helps! Happy wedding planning!

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