A wedding announcement is a formal write-up of the details of your wedding that is published in local or national newspapers. While it can sometimes be seen as old-fashioned and out-of-date, but many couples see it as a time honored tradition.
When choosing where the announcement should appear, consider places like your hometown, the groom’s hometown, where you as a couple currently live, or even grandparent’s hometown. On a national scale, choose a paper that you, your spouse and friends/family regularly read. Once you’ve selected where you want to send your announcement, make sure you know each of the paper’s requirements, some want it to be a certain length, some will want to write it themselves and all of them will have some sort of cost.
After you’ve chosen where to submit your announcement, you have to actually write it. The must-includes are you and your spouse’s names, parents of the bride and groom’s names, the officiators name, the venues and the date of your wedding. Some other important details to include are a description of your wedding dress and the bridesmaid’s dresses, your honeymoon destination and who gave you away. Just remember to keep it short and concise. If you are unsure what the paper is looking for exactly, we suggest picking up a copy and taking a look at the most recent wedding announcements they’ve published.
Despite your wedding announcement being published after you say ‘I do,’ it should be submitted at least six weeks before your wedding day, and with some publications they will want it sooner than that. Your chances of getting chosen increase the sooner the paper gets it. If you want a picture of you and your groom on your wedding day to go along with your announcement, some papers are willing to accommodate and print your announcement a few weeks post-wedding day. However, if you would like your announcement to be published immediately after, you will want to submit a picture along with your article ahead of time.
The most important thing is to make sure your announcement still comes off as uniquely yours. While the paper may want certain things included, you can still have fun with it by submitting a unique photo of you and your groom that makes you stand out.
Do you have any advice on writing your announcements? Let us know below!
See You Soon,
~Paula & Martin Ramirez
Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.