Bridal Couples Names, Who’s Name Comes First?

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 in All Articles, Weddings and Party Articles

Bridal Couples, Who’s Name Comes First?

Typical protocol says that prior to the wedding day (on Save the Dates, Invitations, etc.) that the bride’s name precedes the groom’s. And after the wedding day (on Thank You cards, Address Labels, etc.) that the groom’s name precedes hers.

OK, makes good enough sense…

But what about DURING the wedding on…
Welcome Bags, Programs, Favors, Guest Books, Cocktail Napkins, etc?
How do you list the names?

Seems like there are Two Options:

  • Stick with the protocol above and decide per item. Welcome bags at the hotel? Not married yet, so go with brides name first.  Favors at the Wedding? You are a “Mrs.” now so place the groom’s name first.
  • Or use your Personal Preference. It seems the strict etiquette really applies mostly to the formal stationery, so for other items use your personal preference on what looks and ‘feels’ right to you.





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