Protocol Tuesday: How to Word an Invitation From an Official Hostess & Her Husband?
by Robert Hickey
Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Dear Robert,

Our annual holiday party invitations have always read:

On behalf of the
Alabama Automobile Dealers Association
Chairman of the Board and First Lady
Avery and April McLean
Cordially invite you and yours to attend the...

This year we have a married female Chairman of the Board and I’m struggling on how to word the invitation. Would the wording below be acceptable?

On behalf of the
Alabama Automobile Dealers Association
Chairman of the Board
Cindy Haygood and her husband Daniel,
Cordially invite you and yours to attend the ...

This is a semi-formal event held at the Governor’s Mansion.

-- Debbie


 

Dear Debbie,

What you've been doing isn't strictly casual ... or strictly formal ... and it's sort of backed you in to a corner!  There are no rules for casual and informal forms of address ... everyone does whatever they want to do.

On my site I am just showing formal forms ... which can be done consistently ... hence their benefit. But that said ... how about:

On behalf of the
Alabama Automobile Dealers Association
Chairman of the Board Cindy Haygood and Mr. Daniel Haygood
Cordially invite you to attend the ...

What do you think?

--Robert Hickey www.formsofaddress.info

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