Wedding invitation etiquette may be difficult to understand without knowledge of traditional formalities. Using the right wording sets the tone for your entire wedding, and the look of the invitation establishes the mood for the ceremony to come. The arrangement of words and salutations on an invitation to be sent to an ordained minster will depend on the pastor's gender and marital status.
Address the outer envelope as "The Reverend and Mrs. Hubert Gold" when the minister has a wife.
Word the invitation envelope as "The Reverend and Mr. John Tinman" when the female pastor has a husband.
Invite a Catholic priest by addressing the outer envelope with his full name after the title. For example, "Father Adrian Thomas Bryant."
Ask an unmarried pastor to your wedding by using the title before her full name, such as "Reverend Elizabeth Brock."
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- "Brides"; Envelopes -- The New Etiquette; Sept/Oct 2009
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