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Announcing Your Engagement


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Congratulations!  You're getting married!  Now it's time to announce your engagement to the world.

Making the announcement

There are many traditional and non-traditional ways to tell your friends and family that you are getting married.
The first step is to make a list of the people you would like to tell your happy news.  Decide whether you would like to tell them by letter, email, telephone, in person or at a celebration.  These days, people are just as likely to post their exciting news on Facebook or MySpace, or send a group text message or email.  Some happy couples set up their own web pages and post pictures.

Wording for a newspaper

If you are a traditionalist, you may consider placing a notice in your local newspaper.  Traditionally, it was the responsibility of the bride's parents to announce their daughter's engagement.  The wording for this announcement is usually simple:

Mr and Mrs Oliver Durant of Toorak, Melbourne,
are delighted to announce the engagement
of their daughter Sophie Lynn to
Jeffrey Lautrec, son of Mr and Mrs Michael Lautrec of Carlton, Melbourne. 

Announce your engagement in the paper after you've held your engagement party.

Throwing an engagement party

Whether or not you hold an engagement party is up to you, but may people enjoy the chance to celebrate their exciting news with friends and family.  Once you've decided on the date and venue for your celebration, you need to start thinking about engagement party invitations.  Many organised brides, who have dreamed of their wedding day forever, know exactly what style of wedding they will have and can select complementary engagement invitation stationery.  If you aren't one of those brides, don't worry.  The important things to remember when inviting guests to your engagement party are:

  • Engagement parties are usually scheduled no later than three months after the big announcement.
  • The invitations should come from the party hosts. This may be the bride's parents, friends, godparents, a close friend of the parents or the happy couple themselves.
  • Usually, everyone who is invited to the engagement party will also be invited to the wedding. If you do decide to stick to a small guest list for your wedding, but throw a big engagement party, make sure your guests know to save hurt feelings.
  • If you are worried that your friends and family will think your party is simply an excuse to gather gifts, include a note in the invitation that requests no presents.
  • If you want to announce your engagement at the party, then the best way to save the surprise is not to mention your names on the invitation.
  • Engagement parties are a lovely way to celebrate your happy news and bring your two families together. Remember not to plan such a big bash that you upstage the main event - your wedding!

Engagement party invitations

Welcome to the world of wedding wording!  While wedding invitation etiquette can be daunting, the rules have relaxed in recent years, and you needn't worry too much about getting it right on your engagement invitation.  Below is an example of how you may like to address a formal invitation:

Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Durand
request the pleasure of your company
at a dinner in honour of
Miss Sophie Durand and Mr. Jeffrey Lautrec
on
Saturday 11 July, 2008
at
7pm
112 Greenhaven Road
Toorak, Melbourne, Victoria
RSVP

A less formal alternative is:

Sophie Durand and Jeffrey Lautrec
request the pleasure of your company
at a party in their honour
on
Saturday 11 July, 2008
at
7pm
112 Greenhaven Road
Toorak, Melbourne, Victoria
RSVP



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