Wedding season is upon us and writing a wedding announcement can be as unique as the couple themselves. Depending on the platform you are using to share the news, and the couple’s personality, you might adopt different styles and formats. Here are 5 great tips for writing your perfect wedding announcement.
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- Traditional/ Formal Announcement: This format usually includes the full names of the couple, the names of the parents, the wedding date, location, and a brief description of the ceremony. A formal announcement typically adheres to standard grammar and etiquette rules.
Example: “Mr. and Mrs. John Doe are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Jane Marie Doe, to Mr. James Paul Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Smith. The ceremony took place on June 12, 2023, at the historic Saint Mary’s Cathedral in New York City.”
- Informal/ Casual Announcement: This format allows for more flexibility and can reflect the couple’s personalities more. It might include a sweet story about the couple or a humorous anecdote.
Example: “Jane Doe and James Smith tied the knot! On a perfect summer’s day in June, surrounded by family and friends at Saint Mary’s Cathedral in NYC, these two lovebirds said ‘I do’. Cheers to a lifetime of love, laughter, and happily ever after!”
- Newspaper Announcement: This is a traditional platform for wedding announcements, particularly in smaller communities or for more traditional families. It typically includes details about the ceremony, as well as some information about the couple’s families, and their educational and professional backgrounds.
Example: “Jane Marie Doe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Doe of New York City, and James Paul Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Smith of Boston, were wed on June 12, 2023. The ceremony took place at the historic Saint Mary’s Cathedral in NYC. The bride is a graduate of Columbia University and works for XYZ Corporation. The groom is a graduate of Boston University and is employed by ABC Inc.”
- Digital Announcement (Email, Social Media): With the rise of social media, more and more couples are choosing to announce their weddings online. This allows for a more creative and personalized approach. You might include photos or even a video.
Example: “We did it! On June 12, we gathered with our dearest family and friends at Saint Mary’s Cathedral in NYC to say ‘I do’. Excited to start this new chapter as Mr. & Mrs. Smith. #JustMarried #SmithWedding2023”
- Announcement with a Party or Celebration Invitation: Sometimes, the wedding announcement comes with an invitation for a post-wedding party or celebration, especially if the wedding was a small or private affair.
Example: “We are excited to share that we, Jane Doe and James Smith, promised each other a lifetime of love on June 12, 2023. We’d love for you to celebrate with us at a gathering at our home on July 3. Can’t wait to see you!”
Remember, no matter the type or style of announcement, it should reflect the joy and love of the special day. Always consider your audience and keep the announcement true to the couple’s personality and style.
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