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Question: How should I address a wedding invitation to a doctor? What is the proper etiquette in this situation?
Answer: Addressing your wedding invitations can be a tricky process as there are many variables and therefore, many different rules.
If you are inviting someone to your wedding who is a Doctor, you may find yourself wondering what the proper etiquette is for addressing the invitation as it doesn't fall into the typical Mr. and Mrs. format.
When addressing a wedding invitation to a Doctor, proper etiquette dictates that the spouse with the professional title is listed first. If the woman is a doctor, but her husband is not, write: Dr. Lucy Wallford and Mr. Christopher Wallford, or, if they have different last names, Dr. Lucy Jones and Mr. Christopher Wallford. If the husband is a doctor, the proper way to address it is: Dr. and Mrs. Christopher Wallford or Dr. Christopher Wallford and Mrs. Lucy Jones. If both are doctors, it should be addressed to The Doctors Wallford or Dr. Christopher Wallford and Dr. Lucy Jones.
If you are sending a traditional invitation suite with an inner and outer envelope, then the inside envelope would read The Wallfords if they share a last name, and Christopher Wallford and Lucy Jones if they do not.
Essentially, it's important to remember that no matter which spouse is the Doctor, that individual is listed first on the invitation.
If you'd like to see the rules in an easier format, view the examples below.
Wife is a Doctor, Husband is not:
Dr. Lucy Wallford and Mr. Christopher Wallford
Wife is a Doctor, Husband is not, and they have different last names:
Dr. Lucy Jones and Mr. Christopher Wallford
Husband is a Doctor, Wife is not:
Dr. and Mrs. Christopher Wallford
Husband is a Doctor, Wife is not, and they have different last names:
Dr. Christopher Wallford and Mrs. Lucy Jones
If both spouses are Doctors:
Dr. Christopher Wallford and Dr. Lucy Jones (if differing last names)
The Doctors Wallford (if same last name)
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Edited and Updated by Jessica Bishop