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  1. David Burns

    use of first name in Mr and Mrs (not a teacher)

    On our wedding invitation we wish to include both of our parents first names. Usually invitations read "Mr. and Mrs. John Burns request the honor of your presence...". If we wish to list my mothers first name also, what is the appropriate salutation?

    "Mr. and Mrs. John and Nancy Burns request the...." or
    "Mr. John Burns and Mrs. Nancy Burns request the..." or ???

    Thank you for any insight!

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    Re: use of first name in Mr and Mrs (not a teacher)

    If you use the second form, it sounds as though you parents are divorced.

    Leave out the "Mr. and Mrs." if you want to include both first names.

    See this: Wedding Invitations - Wedding Invitation Wording - Wedding Stationery - By (Toward the bottom of the page, there are links to samples with any mix of "who is hosting" that you can imagine.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.


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