Correct way to name reverend and wife?

We have a photo of a reverend and his wife. Under the photo we have two choices:

a. Rev. John and Jane Doe

b. Rev. John Doe and wife Jane.

Which is the best etiquette wise and why? 


Very funny on photo of strangers. Such answers do not deserve 1 point from Yahoo for posting phony answers. 

The photo will happen to be displayed in a public place and they are a prominent couple in the community and pastor our large church. 

Update 2:

We went to the place where some of the photos are. I only saw one recent one with a caption under the photo. This one sounds awkward and won't be used.

     Picture of the two

------------------------------------- Reverend Manson, Dorothy His name was already mentioned elsewhere in the biography (Richard Manson) so under the photo was Reverend Manson and Dorothy was his wife 

6 Answers

  • Lili
    Lv 7
    4 months ago
    Favourite answer

    Well, the traditional way would be "The Reverend and Mrs. John Doe".

    However, since many people today object to identifying a woman by her husband's name only, I would choose "The Reverend John Doe and his wife, Jane.

  • 4 months ago

    The best thing is to ask them what they prefer so you get it right. 

    I would have thought Rev. John Doe and Mrs. Jane Doe. 

    That way they both get full mention. 

  • Anonymous
    4 months ago

    Rev. John Doe and Mrs. Rev. John Doe is traditional but might not be taken well these days.

  • Anonymous
    4 months ago

    Proper etiquette is:  The Reverend and Mrs John Jones.  Don't use abbreviations.


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  • 4 months ago

    Reverend Green and Miss Scarlett.

    Wait, why do you have photos of strangers?...

  • Pearl
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    they both sound okay to me

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