addressing an outer envelope to Mr. & Mrs. Smith and a
child, do I use Mr. & Mrs. James Smith , and then on the
next line write, Mr. Mathew Smith?
A. How you
address the outer envelope will depend on the age of the
child and the number of children.
If the child is a teen-ager,
the form that you have suggested is correct. If the
child/children are smaller, you can say Mr. & Mrs. James
Smith and family.
On the inner envelope, you
will write out the names of the parents and the children, if
they are invited. Technically, the inner envelope should
also say Mr. & Mrs. James Smith. Today, however, most
people feel that is too formal, particularly for family or
friends that you know fairly well. Its much friendlier to
say "Aunt Mary, Uncle Jim & Matthew" or "Mary, Jim &
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