Wedding Announcements Etiquette and Advice

Announcing your wedding? You’ll want to know about wedding announcements etiquette and get some examples to help you prepare them correctly.

Don’t confuse a ‘Wedding Announcement’ with an ‘Engagement Announcement’ or even a ‘Wedding Invitation’ – they are separate things and require different etiquette, rules and manners.

What is a Wedding Announcement?

Wedding announcements are usually sent out after the wedding, to people who were not invited, to announce the marriage or marriage status of the couple. Like sending wedding invites, there are also rules and guidelines, as well as proper etiquette. You have to keep this in mind as what you choose for your announcement might end up being in poor taste.

In other cases, a wedding announcement is also issued to let family and friends know that you got married, especially if you and your partner have eloped or if the wedding was just a small event and only very few guests were present. It’s also a good opportunity for the bride to inform people of her change in family name.

Wedding Announcements
Etiquette & Advice

  • Formal or Casual
  • Don’t ask for Gifts or Money
  • Think about Who to Inform
  • Send After the Wedding

Wedding Announcements Wording Advice

Think and make sure that your wedding announcement is worded properly. You can either make it sound casual or formal but make sure it does not sound offensive. A formal announcement will often include the bride’s parents names.

Formal Announcement;

Mr. and Mrs. James Williams
have the pleasure of announcing
the marriage of their daughter
Lisa Williams
Mr. Peter Foster
on Saturday, the first of June
Two thousand and ten
Kings Chapel
Boston, Massachusetts

Informal Announcement;

Lisa Williams
Peter Foster
happily announce their marriage
Saturday, the first of June

Don’t Ask for Gifts or Money

Wedding announcements are only intended to inform people that you are already married, do not send them with the intention of getting gifts. Do not ask for gifts or cash from the people you give wedding announcements to. The recipients are not obliged to send anything to you.

Choose Wisely the People Who Will Receive an Announcement

Who do you want to inform? After you have asked yourself the question, you can limit the number of people you want to inform.  Often, you would only want to inform those very close to you that were not able to make it to the wedding or families and friends that for some reason, weren’t able to attend your wedding.

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“Don’t confuse a ‘Wedding Announcement’ with an ‘Engagement Announcement’ or even a ‘Wedding Invitation’ – they are separate and require different etiquette & rules.”

Just tied the knot? Do you know what to do to change your name after marriage?

Don’t Let Your Guests Think You Are Soliciting Gifts

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One friend of mine who just recently got married was asking me how she can tell a close family friend who insisted on giving her a gift that she’d rather have cash. I told her, you just have to do nothing. You cannot tell these people what you prefer to receive because they are not obliged to send gifts.

Send the Wedding Announcement After the Wedding

Again, it is just for information and not about telling someone that you are getting married and they are not invited. Send out the wedding announcements only after the wedding has taken place and not beforehand.

Social Wedding Announcements

These days, when social networking is popular and used worldwide, the idea of printing and sending out wedding announcements may be a little impractical. One tweet or text message and you can inform family and friends about your status or about the wedding. In fact, traditional wedding announcements are now slowly fading out.

How would you inform people about your wedding? An announcement in a newspaper? Traditional letters? or how about a Facebook page or a tweet?   Comment and let us know…

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