Q&A: Invitations: Addressing Couple With Different Last Names?

Q:

How should I address an invitation to a married couple if the wife has kept her maiden name both socially and professionally?

A:

Address the invitation the same way you would address one to a couple who is living together but not married (in other words, any couple with different last names). Names are listed alphabetically, no matter which person (woman or man) comes first. The outer envelope should look like this:

Ms. Samantha Adams

Mr. Thomas Sullivan

12345 First Street

Anywhere, USA 11234


The inner envelope would read:

Ms. Adams and Mr. Sullivan


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Q&A: Invitations: Destination Wedding Etiquette?

My fiance and I are getting married in Maui and know that not all the 200 guests we would like to invite will make it. When we come back home, we are going to have a reception for everyone not able to make the trip. I've read that when getting married away and returning home to a reception, you should only send out wedding invitations to those you know can and will attend the wedding, then send out separate invitations for the reception. We both feel very strongly about sending invitations to everyone and then including (at the bottom) that a reception will be held in our honor when we return. We are afraid that if we follow etiquette, we will hurt people's feelings. Do we follow the rules or do what we feel is right?

by The Knot