Addressing your wedding invitations can be a daunting task. How should one writes ones name? How should one address a couple that is living together but not married? How should one address siblings or children invited to the wedding? It all seems so confusing at first glance.
Take a deep breath and calm yourself. First you need to decide what sort of wedding you are having. Is it a formal wedding with a lot of attendants? Or is it a simple affair with friends and family?
I have seen wedding invitations done in many different ways. All were perfectly acceptable according to the type of wedding. If you are having a formal wedding then you will want your invitations to reflect your wedding style in a more formal manner using the more appropriate titles such as: Dr. and Mrs. John Smith. If the woman is the doctor then you would want to put Dr. Jane Smith and Mr. John Smith.
If your wedding is more of a simple affair you might wish to eliminate titles all together and that is fine too. John and Jane Smith or perhaps, John Smith and Jane Smith.
If you wish to include children under 18 at your wedding you could put something like John and Jane Smith and family or perhaps they only have one child you could put John and Jane Smith and Emily.
Children over 18 should get their own invitations even if they are still living at home.
Couples, living together or same sex friends
For couples living together you can address your invitation in any of the following ways, just be consistent. If you are closer to one person over another you may put that name first. Miss Sara Smith and Mr. John Brown. Or, you could do it alphabetical. Either way make sure that both names are on the invitation. Mr. John Brown and Miss Sara Smith. Both ways are perfectly acceptable.
If you are inviting someone that is retired or currently active in the military find out their rank and address the invitation accordingly. General John Smith and Mrs. John Smith is very appropriate for this invitation.
Minister or Reverend
If you are inviting a minister or retired minister then you would want, Reverend or Pastor John Smith and Mrs. John Smith. Or even simply Pastor and Mrs. Smith. Either is appropriate just make sure you are consistent.
Whatever style wedding you are having your invitations say a lot about you. Whether its a flyer, a postcard or a more formal invitation with fancy calligraphy writing, take a moment to properly address your invitation and make a good first impression.