Engagement Announcement Etiquette Guide
If you have decided to take the traditional route and write up an announcement to submit to your local newspaper, there is engagement announcement etiquette to follow. Read on to learn how to write engagement announcement cards, a submission to the newspaper, and even an invitation that not only announces your engagement, but invites friends and family members to your engagement party.
For traditional couples, a short write up sent into the newspaper covers the following details: the names of the couple, the town they reside in, their age, their parents’ names, the date of the wedding, and their occupations. If parents are divorced, it is traditional to list the mother’s name first. If she is remarried, it is announcement etiquette to announce her husband’s name as well. If a mother of the couple is not remarried, she is listed first again, and her ex-husband’s name follows. If taking the traditional path, leave out engagement details. Keep it short, simple, and to the point.
For non-traditional couples, you may wish to send out a save the date that features a photograph of the couple dressed to the nines in an engagement party dress and formal suit. The save the date not only announces the engagement, it invites friends and family members to the engagement party and serves as a save the date for the upcoming wedding as well. If you are interested in a non-traditional announcement, anything goes when it comes to engagement announcement etiquette. The information can be presented all on a magnet, a flyer, a Facebook post, or even in the form of a small flip book made on Snapfish. There is no right or wrong when it comes to announcement etiquette if sharing information in a modern way.
Some couples also choose to share their engagement announcement in an informative newsletter to friends and family members. The groom can reflect on how he came up with “will you marry me ideas”, and the bride can share on her surprise and happiness! Since a newsletter is also a non-traditional way to announce an engagement, the only announcement etiquette to follow is that if you are personally contacting and sending a letter to a friend, co-worker, or family member, they should be invited to all wedding events. From the engagement party, to the bridal shower, and also the wedding!
There are many ways to present your engagement announcement news. Follow the engagement announcement ideas above to announce your happy news in a way that best suits your personality!