Wedding Announcement - Unique Announcement Wording


Q. I was wondering if you have any unique announcement wording for engagements and weddings that would be put in the newspaper... also, when should these be submitted to the newspaper?

A.  In most areas the newspapers have their own policies about what they will print.  Smaller weekly newspapers are usually more willing to print a longer notice.  They often include a picture of the bride with the engagement announcement as well as with the wedding announcement.  The wedding announcement might include the names of the members of the wedding party, information about the bride's gown, and other information as well as the usual information about the couple's education and employment.
Daily newspapers may only accept a few lines for an engagement announcement and may limit the length of the wedding announcement.  Many larger daily papers are now charging to print both wedding and engagement announcements.
I suggest to my brides that they contact the paper that they plan to run the announcements in and find out their specific requirements.  Many papers now have web sites that list the information and even have forms that can be downloaded.
Usually, an engagement announcement can be submitted any time after the engagement occurs, though I suggest that it be about 6 months or less before the wedding.  However, if it is sent too close to the wedding date, the couple run the risk of the paper not having room to print it before the wedding.  Most papers have a time limit on the length of time after a wedding that they will accept a wedding announcement.  My local paper has a 3 month limit, though I occasionally see one that occurred earlier.


Wedding Announcement Resources

Engagement Announcements

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Save the Date: Responding to  those who can't come

Example Wording for after  the Ceremony

Formal Announcements, when to make them

Sample Verses

Sample Worksheet

Sample Newspaper Announcement 

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Advice: Writing and submitting to Newspaper

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Advice: should the announcements be just from the newly weds or from the parents like the invitations?  Should they include the elopement date and place?  Since they do not receive mail at their home, should only their PO box be mentioned; if so, how?

Advice: We are having a private family wedding.  After the wedding we will send wedding announcements.  How do we word our return address?

Advice: I would like to announce the engagement of my son and his fiancÚ to  friends and old neighbors who I haven't spoken to in a while.  This does not mean that they will be invited to a wedding, (cost prohibitive,) it's simply to let them know that they are engaged.  Is this proper?

Advice: The Groom's father is deceased.   We would like to include groom's father's name.  is it better to include "at home card" or just state" reside at.."

Advice: Wording for location, ceremony, prayers, and inviting

Advice: If we are not inviting anyone, is it appropriate to send out wedding announcements?  If we have to, how do we write the announcements? 

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Advice: Newly Eloped, Wording for Day of Wedding

Advice: Second Weddings: What not to include

Advice: Second Weddings: For myself how should I list my name

Advice: We cannot invite all of our friends to the wedding and reception. Are announcements for friends and family who live far away (an acceptable thing to do?)  Are announcements for friends who live in the vicinity of the church rude? When should announcements be sent out?

Advice: Wording: Las Vegas Wedding:  We are having a reception one week later in our home town.  People are more than welcome to join us in Las Vegas, but I don't want them to feel like we are asking them, but the option is there.  I was wondering if I should include the wedding ceremony information as well as the reception information.

Advice: Wording:  We are sending them to people we could not quite afford to invite to our wedding.  I am keeping my maiden name.  Can you give us any suggestions?

Forum: Need sample wedding programs inside details

Forum: Save the Date Card Wording

Forum: When and how to tell everyone we are engaged

Forum: Wording Announcements and Invitations

Forum: When to make formal announcements

Forum: When and How?  to tell everyone we are engaged!


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