Wedding announcements let people know that you and your special someone has just been married. These announcements serve to let people who were not able to attend the wedding know about the wedding. These wedding announcements are also a standard way of making people aware of the wedding in case you eloped, had a civil ceremony at city hall, or a very small wedding with only a handful of close friends and family. Another consideration is their function of letting others now that the bride now has a name change.
How to Write a Perfect Wedding Announcement
Composing the wedding announcement is a pretty clear and straightforward task. As long as you include the four essential pieces of information, you should be ok, and those are:
- Wedding hosts
- Full name of the bride and groom
- Wedding date
- Wedding location
However, before we go any further, know that different platforms can have additional information. For instance, along with the four essential pieces of information you are free to add the following if its for a newspaper:
- Name of officiant
- Names of parents and grandparents
- Honeymoon destination
- Where you plan to live
- How you both met
If this all seems a bit much, check with the newspaper, as many have a template for you to follow. Newspapers also use a writing format known as AP for titles and abbreviations. So, it can’t hurt to visit their website or even call your wedding announcement in.
Where to Send a Wedding Announcement
In days gone past, the only way to send a wedding announcement was usually in the local newspaper. Today, your options are much more varied. For instance, once you’ve presented it to your local newspaper, you can then move on to social media, such as Facebook and Instagram. Don’t forget the wedding announcement cards which you can send via traditional snail mail. You may also elect to use more than one. For instance, you can use the newspaper to alert your community, announcement cards for those friends and relations not in your local community, and social media posts to announce the good news to your social media family.
When to Send a Wedding Announcement
No matter what platform you use to share your wedding announcement, when to send it is pretty firmly planted. In general, plan to have your wedding announcement released the day after your wedding, or a little later. A good rule of thumb is to announce the wedding at least within the first month of your wedding. By knowing this, you’ll be able to plan ahead, especially if you wish to place a photo with the announcement. However, it’s a good idea to refrain from sending them before the wedding, as there may be recipients who will mistake it for the wedding invitations.
Though completely optional, quotations or song lyrics are a lovely addition to any wedding announcement format. They add a touch of romanticism, they are a way for both partners to add something of their own soul, amid the formality of the announcement.
Wedding Announcement Wording Examples
When reading the below wedding announcement examples, keep in mind that there is no right or wrong way to announce your marriage. Above we gave you a few suggestions as to what to toss into the mix, but in all truth, it’s really just up to you and yours.
Newspaper Wedding Announcement
Tammy Anderson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Anderson of San Francisco, Calif, and James Polk, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Polk of San Francisco, Calif., were joined together as man and wife on November 9th, 2019
The wedding ceremony was held at Highview Chapel in San Francisco, Calif., and officiated by Rev. Lindsay Collins.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride was attended by Madison Browning as her Maid of Honor, and her cousin, Francis P. Thomas as her bridesmaid.
The brother of the groom, John Standing, was the Best Man, while the groom’s cousins, Thomas Jenkins, and Peter Christopher served as ushers.
The bride is a graduate of the University of St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.
The groom has a master’s degree in business from the University of St. Petersburg.
The honeymoon will take them to Europe for a two-week stay. After which, both bride and groom will continue to reside in San Francisco and continue managing their home business together.
Casual Wedding Announcement
Surprise everyone! We did it! We eloped and are now married!Our ceremony took place in that city of lights and dreams, Las Vegas on October 9th, 2019 at the Little Chapel that Could.
As we eloped, everything was kept a secret, so no one knew, not even our parents.
As such, we really missed having you in attendance, and have planned a cool Shindig for everyone in Plimpton Park, in our hometown! You’ll be notified soon, so please save the date!
Brigitte and Larry Peterson
Traditional, Formal Wedding Announcement with Quote
“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate then when I fall asleep your eyes close.”– Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets
Allison Parker of New York, and Jackson Kylie of Florida were wed at 6pm, November 9th, 2019 at Stamford Chapel in New York.
The groom is the son of Robert and Lisa Kylie of Florida. He is a graduate of the Jarvis College and currently operates his own business in Florida.
The bride is the daughter of David and Stephanie Parker of New York. She is a graduate of Jarvis College, and currently is studying for her masters at Jarvis.
The bride and groom met while attending the same mathematics class at Jarvis. They began dating in their sophomore year, and soon after realized that their love was here to stay. They will honeymoon in the Jamaican Islands and reside in Florida upon their return.
Detailed Wedding Announcement
Marilyn Thompson of Los Angeles, Calif., and John Galsworthy of New York, were wed Saturday, October 5th at 6 o’clock in the evening at the Merry-Bells Chapel in Los Angeles. Rev. Byron St. James officiated.The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jordan Thompson of Los Angeles, Calif.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Galsworthy of New York, New York.
The ceremony was a lovely and formal one. The bride and bridegroom performed a hand binding ceremony, while reciting their vows.
Guests at the ceremony were treated to music performed by the local band, “Electric Love”, which created an atmosphere of magic and love. The bridal party advanced to their song, “Eternal”, and the bride advanced to “My Love”. For the recessional, they played “Hearts is Warm”.
Lydia Caldwell of Los Angeles, Calif., presided as the Maid of Honor, with bridesmaids Mary Childs, Beverly Watson and Debra Stevens, in matching, cream and peach floor length dresses, each holding a lily and rose bouquet.
The father of the bride escorted her down the aisle. Her Victorian, off the shoulder, white satin wedding dress gently moved with her, as attendants carried her long lace train, neatly wrapping it along the floor once the bride arrived to the alter. The brides bouquet simply dripped with flowers, bountiful with the purity of white held by the downward cascading of its lily and rose arrangement
The reception was held at the Cheshire Inn, where all enjoyed a delicious, vegan wedding feast.
The happy couple will be honeymooning in the Swiss Alps, enjoying skiing and rich, chocolate cocoa drinks as they warm themselves up.
Wedding Announcement Templates
Wedding announcement templates ensure that your wedding announcements have all the essential elements necessary to create beautifully written, personalized wedding announcements. Whether your wedding announcement is simple, detailed, casual, for cards or newspapers, you can be most certain that you’ll find a template to suit your needs.
How to Customize Your Wedding Announcement Template
Customization of a wedding announcement template is really quite simple. First, browse our selection of professionally designed templates to find just the one you’re looking for. Next, download your selection to your computer, and open it up in either MS Word while some are formatted for PDF. Now, this is where you get down to business, and enter your own personal data, such as the wedding date, name of the hosts, and so on. Once you’ve entered your data, you can proceed to customize your template. You can alter the size, style and color of the fonts, add your favorite wedding photo and even some wedding themed clip art! When finished, just save template, and proceed to print out as many wedding announcements as you need. We know that you’ll enjoy working with our wedding announcement templates, we also know you’ll appreciate what a money saving option they are as well, as you won’t have to download special software or pay a printer.