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I would like to begin the speach adressing family & friends...

Should I say " Dear Family & Friends " or " Dear Friends & Family "?

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Which are more important to you: your family, or your friends? – TrevorD Jun 4 '13 at 10:37
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If I heard "family and friends" then I would interpret it as "family and (other) friends". On the other hand, "friends and family" implies "friends and those people who I do not like but who are here only because of a blood relationship or marriage".

Only you can decide which meaning one you intend, but I suggest that the first is less likely to cause offence.

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In the U.S., I'd probably avoid "friends and family" only because a certain phone company soiled that phrase by making it the name of a marketing campaign. Reversing it to "Family and Friends" escapes that association.

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