Married Couples with different last names are addressed:
Ms. Sharon Smith and Mr. James Jones
Ms. can refer to any adult woman, regardless of her marital status just as Mr. is for a man. She is only ‘Mrs. Smith’ if her husband’s last name is Smith.
Unmarried Couples living together are addressed:
Ms. Sharon Smith
Mr. James Jones
Placing their names on one line with ‘and’ connotes marriage. Exceptions are sometimes made for couples who have been together many years and/or have children together.
Widows are addressed with their husband’s first name:
Mrs. James Jones
Divorced women are addressed with their own first name:
Mrs. Mary Jones
- Use full names and formal titles.
- Do not use symbols.
- Always spell out the words “and” “Apartment”
- # should be “number”
- P.O. Box should be “Post Office Box”
- Middle names are not usually included.
An exception is made when an individual goes by his/her middle name, as: “Mr. S. Frederick Van Zandt”
- Use figures only when writing house numbers, apartment numbers, Post Office Box numbers, and zip codes.
- Zip codes need to only be 5-digits. The extra 4 digits are for bulk mailing purposes, which wouldn’t apply to wedding envelopes.
- Street names that are numbers should be written out: “1747 Thirty-Fourth Avenue.”
- House numbers twelve and under and those divisible by ten – up to 90 should be written out: “Six Locust Drive” or “Forty Walnut Street.”
- Write out the words, “street,” “boulevard,” “avenue,” etc.
- Do not abbreviate state names.
- Do not use “and Family” or “and Guest” on the outer envelope