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Married couple living in the same house
OUTER ENVELOPE:
Mr. and Mrs. Steven Brown
1945 Thorton Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30080

INNER ENVELOPE:
Doctor and Mrs. Brown
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Married couple: woman has kept her maiden name or professional name
Some experts say the woman's name should appear first.

OUTER ENVELOPE:
Ms. Priscilla Belle White
Mr. Alan Steven Brown
1945 Thorton Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30080

INNER ENVELOPE:
Ms. White
Mr. Brown
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Family with young children
OUTER ENVELOPE:
Mr. and Mrs. Steven Brown
Susan and Brent
1945 Thorton Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30080

INNER ENVELOPE:
Mr. and Mrs. Brown
Susan and Brent (oldest child is listed first)
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Married couple, one is a doctor
List the doctor first, regardless of gender.

If the husband is the doctor:
OUTER ENVELOPE:
Doctor and Mrs. Steven Brown
1945 Thorton Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30080

INNER ENVELOPE:
Doctor and Mrs. Brown

- or -

If the wife is the doctor:
OUTER ENVELOPE:
Doctor Susan Brown and Mr. Steven Brown
1945 Thorton Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30080

INNER ENVELOPE:
Doctor and Mr. Brown
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Married couple, both are doctors
OUTER ENVELOPE:
The Doctors Brown
Susan and Brent
1945 Thorton Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30080

INNER ENVELOPE:
The Doctors Brown
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Married couple, one is Military
List the military person first, regardless of gender.

If the husband is in the military:
OUTER ENVELOPE:
Sergeant and Mrs. Steven Brown
1945 Thorton Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30080

INNER ENVELOPE:
Sergeant and Mrs. Brown

- or -

If the wife is in the military:
OUTER ENVELOPE:
Corporal Susan Brown and Mr. Steven Brown
1945 Thorton Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30080

INNER ENVELOPE:
Corporal and Mr. Brown
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Married couple, both are Military
The person with higher rank is listed first, regardless of gender.

OUTER ENVELOPE:
Sergeant Susan Brown and Corporal Steven Brown
1945 Thorton Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30080

INNER ENVELOPE:
Sergeant and Corporal Brown
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Married couple, one is a Judge/Justice
The Judge or Justice is listed first, regardless of gender.

OUTER ENVELOPE:
The Honorable and Mrs. Steven Brown
1945 Thorton Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30080

INNER ENVELOPE:
The Honorable and Mrs. Brown

- or -

OUTER ENVELOPE:
The Honorable Susan Brown and Mr. Steven Brown
1945 Thorton Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30080

INNER ENVELOPE:
The Honorable and Mr. Brown
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Unmarried couples living together
Can either be listed alphabetically, or the lady can be listed first.

OUTER ENVELOPE:
Ms. Caroline Parker
Mr. David Randolph
1945 Thorton Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30080

INNER ENVELOPE:
Ms. Parker
Mr. Randolph
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Single friend with a guest
Please note: The most proper etiquette encourages that if you want your single friend to invite a guest, you should do your best to find out the guest's name. If they live at different addresses, it is considerate to send an invitation to the guest directly. If a couple is engaged, living in the same house, or seeing each other on an exclusive basis, that significant other's name should definitely be included on the envelope.

Otherwise address as follows:

OUTER ENVELOPE:
Miss Angela Olsen
Mr. John Cook
1945 Thorton Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30080

INNER ENVELOPE:
Ms. Olsen
Mr. Cook

Since it is not always possible (or practical) to obtain the guest's name ahead of time, it is also acceptable to include "and guest" on the envelope:

OUTER ENVELOPE:
Miss Angela Olsen and guest
1945 Thorton Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30080

INNER ENVELOPE:
Ms. Olsen and guest
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Widow
OUTER ENVELOPE:
Mrs. Edward Cook
1945 Thorton Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30080

INNER ENVELOPE:
Mrs. Cook
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Divorced woman
OUTER ENVELOPE:
Mrs. Christine Pritchett Clayton
1945 Thorton Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30080

- or -

Ms. Christine Pritchett Clayton
1945 Thorton Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30080

INNER ENVELOPE:
Mrs. Clayton
or
Ms. Clayton
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Divorced woman who has resumed using her maiden name
OUTER ENVELOPE:
Ms. Christine Pritchett
1945 Thorton Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30080

INNER ENVELOPE:
Ms. Pritchett
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Married gay couple
Married same sex female couple with same last name:

OUTER ENVELOPE:
Mmes. O'Donnel
1945 Thorton Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30080

INNER ENVELOPE:
Mmes. O'Donnel


Married same sex male couple with same last name:

OUTER ENVELOPE:
Mssrs. Cooper-Jones
1945 Thorton Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30080

INNER ENVELOPE:
Mssrs. Cooper-Jones
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Gay couple living together
The older person would be listed first, unless they've stated differently.

OUTER ENVELOPE:
Mr. James Meade
Mr. Tony Smith
1945 Thorton Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30080

INNER ENVELOPE:
Mr. James Meade
Mr. Tony Smith
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