Wedding announcements are great way to let friends and family know about the big news. They can be sent by you (the couple) or by your parents via snail mail, e-mail, or posted in your local or national newspaper (hello, New York Times!). You can find some great designs for wedding announcements on invitation websites like Minted, Wedding Paper Divas, and Shutterfly!
If you are planning on publishing a wedding announcement in the paper or sending one to distant family and friends, the formality and wording will depend on the vibe you and your future spouse want to portray. It will also depend on the nature of your ceremony (i.e., traditional, elopement, destination wedding, etc.). Tip: Wedding announcements should be published or sent promptly after the wedding takes place, and can be sweet and silly or very formal. Here are a few examples to get you started:
“Mr. and Mrs. Henry and Jane Clark are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Sarah, to Mark, son of Mr. and Mrs. Laura and Christian Brown, on April 5th at St. James Catholic Church.”
“Love is in the air! Sarah and Mark tied the knot last weekend, on April 5th, at St. James. They’ll then be jetting off to a honeymoon in Jamaica.”
“Henry and Jane Clark announce that their daughter Sarah has married Mark Brown. The couple tied the knot last weekend, April 5th, on the island of Maui in Hawaii. A celebratory reception will be held at the Clark home next Saturday from 1:00-4:00.”
“Sarah Clark and Mark Brown are pleased to announce their wedding took place on April 5th at St. James Catholic Church. They danced the night away and are excited to begin their new adventure as a family.”
“In a private ceremony, we celebrated new love and new adventures. Sarah Clark and Mark Brown eloped on April 5th in Las Vegas, Nevada. They are all settled into their new home.”
Optional: Your new address can included on wedding announcements in case recipients would like to send you a congratulatory note or future holiday card.