Proper Manners: Wedding Announcement Etiquette Rules

Advice on sending wedding announcements.

What is a wedding announcement?

A wedding announcement is a printed card announcing that the couple has been married. Much like an invitation, it includes the names of the bride and groom, the date of their marriage and sometimes the names of their parents.

When do you send wedding announcements?

Wedding announcements are completely optional. Often people choose to send wedding announcements when they have had a small wedding or when they have eloped. A wedding announcement is used to tell someone who was not invited to the wedding that you have gotten married.

When should wedding announcements be sent?

Generally, wedding announcements should be mailed right after the wedding. It is even acceptable to mail them on the day of the wedding, although not prior to it. If you are going to be away on your honeymoon, consider preparing announcements prior to the wedding and leaving them with a family member or friend to be mailed right after the ceremony.



Is it okay to include a picture of the couple in the announcement?

Some couples are choosing to wait a few days to send their announcements so they may include a small photograph from their wedding. This is a nice touch and is perfectly acceptable as long as it does not delay sending the announcement by more than a week or two.

What is the proper way to address wedding announcements?

Just like wedding invitations, the envelopes for wedding announcements should be handwritten. You may handwrite them yourself, or hire a calligrapher to do it for you. It is acceptable to have the envelopes printed if the printing looks like handwriting, but it is not considered proper to use address labels.

Are people expected to send a gift when they receive a wedding announcement?

A wedding announcement is simply intended to tell people about the marriage. The couple should not expect gifts when they send announcements; it is not customary or necessary for the recipient of an announcement to send one. However, it is always acceptable to send a gift if you would like to do so.

What is the proper wording for a wedding announcement?

Wedding announcements can be written in a variety of forms. Some sample wordings for announcements follow:

Announcement by the parents of the bride:

Mr. and Mrs. John Jones

are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter

Kitty Jones

to

Mr. Bob Roberts

on the Saturday, the fourth of January

two thousand and five

in Laguna Beach, California

Announcement by the parents of the bride and the groom:

Mr. and Mrs. John Jones

and

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Roberts

are honored to announce the marriage of

Kitty Jones

to

Mr. Bob Roberts

on the Saturday, the fourth of January

two thousand and five

in Laguna Beach, California

Announcement by the couple:

Kitty Jones

and

Mr. Bob Roberts

announce their marriage

on the Saturday, the fourth of January

two thousand and five

in Laguna Beach, California

This style of announcement is often used for second marriages.

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