Etiquette for Using the Term {Master}

28 Jun

When you sit down and begin to write the names for your invitations or ceremony programs, you may find yourself stumped when it comes to your junior groomsmen and/or ring bearer.  The formalities of when to use {Mr.} or {Master} can give you a headache!

For young men under the age of 13 or those that haven’t entered high school yet, etiquette tells us that, when writing formal correspondence, invitations or programs, it is proper to use the term {Master}.  These days, this term is not usually seen/spoken unless on formal occasions though this charming old custom was once widely used in the US and especially the UK.

In any case, when writing formal invitations or programs {especially for weddings}, it is proper etiquette to precede a junior groomsmen and/or ring bearer’s name with {Master} if he is under the age of 13.

 

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