Sending business Christmas cards is a cordial way of extending the warmth of the holidays to your customers, suppliers, staff and employees. When it comes to addressing the envelopes of your business Christmas cards, follow these guidelines to show respect and proper etiquette, especially to the people with honorable titles.
1. If possible, handwrite the addresses on the envelopes. Your handwriting can help your greeting cards appear more personal. People appreciate personalised gifts more than computer-generated ones.
2. Address business Christmas cards to business associates to their place of business. By doing so, you are maintaining a professional relationship with them and at the same time cordially extending your holiday greetings. When you have social interactions with them, you can address to straight to their homes and address the envelopes to their spouses as well.
3. Write the titles and names of your recipients on one line. If the title and name of the husband plus the wife's name are too long on the first line, write the name of the wide on the second line after an indention.
4. For single and unmarried men and women, address the envelopes by their title and full name, like this: "Mr. Gary Watson." Single, unmarried or divorced women using their maiden name could be address as either Ms. or Miss. If the woman is divorced and still using her ex-husband's family name, you may address her as either Ms. or Mrs.
5. Address married couples who use the same family name by the appropriate titles with the husband's name, like this: "Mr. and Mrs. Jason Anderson." If the woman is married but still uses her maiden name, address the couple by their titles and full names, like this: "Ms. Janet Darling and Mr. Jay Smith." If a couple lives together but are not legally married, write their titles and names on separate lines, arranging the surnames alphabetically, like this: "Miss" or "Ms. Janet Darling" on the first line, followed by "Mr. Jay Smith" on the next line.
6. Address envelopes to couples with children using "and Family." Write: "Mr. and Mrs. Ben Taylor and Family."
7. Address a widow by her married title and late husband's name like this: "Mrs. David Sanders."
8. Address military unmarried men and women using their military titles and branch, like so: "Sergeant Stephanie Miller, United States Marines."
9. If your recipients are married military couples, define title of each spouse. Write the title and name of the spouse with higher rank first, like this "Captain Joan Brown and Sergeant Larry Brown." If the husband is in military and the wife is not, write: "Sergeant and Mrs. William Jones." If the wife is in military and the husband is not, write: "Sergeant Jenny Lee and Mr. Jerry Lee."
10. Address physicians by their full names and title. "Doctor" must be completely spelled out, not abbreviated, like this" "Doctor Greg Thomas." If the recipient has a doctorate or PhD, abbreviate the word "doctor" like this: "Dr. Jimmy Davis." If a married couple are both physicians, write: "Doctors Ricky and Faye Jackson."
11. Address clergy members and judges by their titles and full names. A judge should be addressed like: "The Honorable Wally Martinez." A reverend should be "The Reverend Harry Moore."
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