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It is proper to use the first names with Mr. & Mrs.?

For example, in the invitation of an anniversary party, can one say the following:

Celebrate the anniversary
of Mr. and Mrs.
James and Martha King

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It's actually traditional (though perhaps a bit old-fashioned these days) to use only the husband's first name - "Mr and Mrs James King". –  ElendilTheTall Jul 11 '13 at 12:54
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@Elendil is right. If you want first names, use either "Mr & Mrs James King" or "James and Martha King". Don't combine the forms. –  Andrew Leach Jul 11 '13 at 13:11
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This is an etiquette question, not a question of English. Either way is perfect English. –  MετάEd Jul 11 '13 at 13:25
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I have seen the format you give, but also the format "Mr James & Mrs Martha King" (which has the advantage of one less 'and'). I'm referring to British usage (you don't say where you are). British usage would normally also omit the 'dot' after both 'Mr' and 'Mrs' (on the basis that the abbreviated form ends with the last letter of the unabbreviated word). –  TrevorD Jul 11 '13 at 14:30
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@MετάEd: this is 'English Language and Usage', it's a very good question about how the language is used. And, for what it's worth, I don't agree that OPs example is perfect English. –  TimLymington Jul 11 '13 at 16:58
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closed as off-topic by MετάEd, Andrew Leach, tchrist, Kristina Lopez, p.s.w.g Jul 11 '13 at 15:37

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