Addressing a couple in correspondence

By Mary Morel

Reader’s question: How should you address a married couple in a letter?

Answer: I think your choice depends on the formality you want and your choices are:

Dear John and Ann (My preference unless you think it is too informal.)
Dear John and Ann Jones
Dear Mr and Mrs Jones (or Ms if that is her preference)
Dear Mr John Jones and Mrs Ann Jones (or Ms if that is her preference)

If they have different surnames, you could say:

Dear John and Ann
Dear John Jones and Ann Smith
Dear Mr Jones and Ms Smith
Dear John Jones and Ms Ann Smith

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