All You Need to Know about Newspaper Wedding Announcement


Congratulations on your engagement! Now comes the fun part – letting all your family and friends know about the coming wedding. The latest trend in wedding announcements is doing it over social media. While this may sound hip and fashionable, it might not work for everyone. Sometimes you might just want to stick to the old-school way of doing things. Publishing your wedding announcement in the newspaper is still a great way to make your wedding special. Here are some great tips on how to go about crafting the ideal message for your newspaper wedding announcement.

Newspaper Wedding Announcement – The Planning Stage

Making a wedding announcement in newspaper is an excellent way to share your newlywed status. This is especially so if it is a family tradition. Your parents and grandparents are bound to appreciate the gesture. The key to making the announcement a success is to prepare well in advance and make the announcement 2-3 months before the wedding date. Newspapers normally require you to provide all the details regarding your nuptials three weeks in advance. Here are some of the things you should do in preparation for publishing the announcement.

Identify The Ideal Newspaper

As a rule, you should run the announcement in a paper based where you and your spouse live. If you live in separate hometowns, you should publish the announcement in both towns. Weigh your options based on your budget and the amount of work you want to put into it. Running the announcement in more than one paper will generally be more involving.

Get in Touch With the Newspaper

Contact your newspaper of choice to find out exactly what is needed for you to post the announcement. You could also visit their website to check whether they have posted the details online. Some newspapers might want their staff to write the announcement while other might prefer if you wrote it. Find out if they have any format and word count requirements.

Prepare the Necessary Details

Put together all the information required for the newspaper wedding announcement to be published. While you need to confirm with the specific newspaper, the following information can be included:

• The name, age and hometown of the groom and bride

• The names and hometowns of the couple’s parents

• The occupation of the bride and groom

• The names of the paternal and maternal grandparents of the couple

• The degrees, college and school of the groom and bride

• The location and date of the wedding ceremony and reception

• The officiant’s name

• You can choose to include the description of the bouquet and wedding dress

• The honeymoon plans of the couple

• Where the couple plans to live after they wed

How Much Does It Cost?

A basic announcement in your local daily could cost anywhere from $25 to $400 for longer announcements with a photo. There are cases where your local newspaper might announce engagements for free. However, a fee is often charged.

Tips for Writing the Newspaper Announcement

Be Concise

Don’t be too wordy. Keep things concise and have the word count in mind throughout. The more words you write, the more it will cost you. It is also easier for people to read shorter announcements than long wordy ones.

Choose How to Begin

You can choose to begin the announcement with the couple’s or parent’s names. You can write it in such a way that parents are announcing the marriage of their children. For example, “Richard and Esther Barnes would like to announce the marriage of their children”. Alternatively, you could simply use the names of the couple – “Brad Kane and Jill Scot would like to announce their marriage”. Whichever way you choose to start, make sure to include the names of the parents at some point.

Newspaper Wedding Announcement Examples

Note that the part about tying the knot is in past tense because the engagement has already happened. Below are a few examples:

Ann Peters, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Peters of Cypress, Texas and James Harden, son of Mary and William Harden of Kane, Illinois were united in marriage on February 6th 2020.

The ceremony will be held at half past four o'clock in the afternoon at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Cypress, Texas. Rev. Jack Anderson will officiate the ceremony.

The maid of honor was Juliet Woods and one of the bride’s sisters, Suzy Peters, was bridesmaid.

The groom’s best man was Scot Wilson. George Harden, the brother of the groom and Matthew Peters, the brother of the bride, served as users.

The bride and the groom are both graduates of Baylor University, Texas where they studied dance and engineering respectively. The bride works at the University of Texas and the groom works for NuStar Energy in San Antonio, Texas.

After their honeymoon in the Cayman Islands, Ann and James will reside in San Antonio, Texas.

Lillian West weds George Quest June 8th

Lillian West of Miami County, Ohio and George Quest of Clark County, Ohio were married Wednesday, June 8th, four o’clock in the afternoon at the Christian Church, Ohio. Reverend Paul Smith will officiate the ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank West of Miami County, Ohio and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Quest of Clark County, Ohio.

The wedding will be held on the grassy lawns of the church compound under the beautiful sunset with music performed by the Bass Brothers.

The best man was Lance King of Huston Texas. The groomsmen were Peter Shaw and Wayne Robert both of Clark County, Ohio.

The maid of honor was Annabel Crescent of Clark County, Ohio. Bridesmaids were Daphne Pine of Clark County, Ohio and Rebecca Brown of Miami County, Ohio. They were dressed in red knee length dresses and carried a bouquet of white roses.

The bride was escorted down the aisle by her father. She was in a whiteduchess satin gown with lace detail. Her bouquet had red roses and white dahlias.

Shorter Newspaper Wedding Announcement Examples:

The good Lord has led two lives to take one path. We request that you honor us with your presence during the marriage of Kate Birdstein and George Boer on Saturday, the sixteenth of May two thousand and eighteen at six o’clock in the evening United Anglican Church 770 Lexington Avenue Crest View, California. Doctor and Mrs. Birdstein and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Boer.

The bride and the groom are both graduates of Baylor University, Texas where they studied dance and engineering respectively. The bride works at the University of Texas and the groom works for NuStar Energy in San Antonio, Texas.