Invitation Wording: Wedding Announcements
by Emily Post
If no general invitations were issued to the church, an announcement
engraved on note paper like that of the invitation to the ceremony, is
sent to the entire visiting list of both the bride's and the groom's family:
Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Barnes
have the honour to announce
the marriage of their daughter
Mr. Eben Hoyt Leaming
on Tuesday the twenty-sixth of April
One thousand nine hundred and twenty-two
in the City of New York
In contrast to the Engagement Announcement, the Wedding Announcement is sent after the ceremony has already taken place. These announcements are usually used to let people know that the happy couple got married. It is used for distant relatives and friends that could not attend.
Sometimes the budget of the bride’s parents cannot accommodate a large wedding, and therefore important people are left out. Or maybe there is a time constraint, and not everyone could be included. Whatever the reason, the Wedding Announcement is a great way to inform those who could not be there.
These announcements can be sent by the bride’s parents. They might say something like “We are pleased to announce the marriage of our daughter, …” and so on. The full names of the bride and groom should be spelled out, as some of the people who did not attend may not know them as a couple, or may not have met one of them before.
There are also occasions where a Wedding Announcement can be sent by a couple who eloped. In this case, they would handle the announcement themselves. They might be informal and simply express it as “We did it!” “We tied the knot!” Or a nice statement such as “In a private ceremony new love was celebrated” is also appropriate.
A picture of the new couple is always a wonderful gift to the ones receiving the announcement. And it should include the day and date that they were married, and the location, as well. At the end of the announcement, a new address can be included if the couple moved to a new home.
Special thanks to Emily Post on her wonderful tips on etiquette and invites.