Announcement Mistaken as Invitation

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 61
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Congrats on your accomplishment!

Yes I have heard of announcements for graduations, weddings, babies, etc and they are not the same as invitations.

Nowadays everyone announces on FB so paper has become less popular. I dont have FB so I am not in the know unless I get some other form of correspondance.

And an announcement does not require a gift so to me it is not gift grabby unless you actually put registry info in there which is a no no.

Post # 62
8826 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

gracenote33 :  I’m not assuming anything. I don’t keep tabs on every distant relative or my husband’s work-buddy’s kids. If I don’t find out about their graduation, both of our lives will go on. But if I do find out about it — such as via an announcement — I’ll take a moment to think “oh, how nice!” and the next time I see them, we can make some pleasant small-talk about it. That seems like normal healthy human interaction. “I would just toss it bc I already know of the graduations of people I plan to gift” seems quite a bit less so.

Post # 63
67 posts
Worker bee

My brother just graduated high school and he does not want a graduation party, so my mom had cute little announcements made up to send to grandparents and aunts and uncles that also had a few of his senior pictures on it. They went to some out our out of state family and the rest went about an hour from my parent’s house (where the majority of my family lives). I think she only sent maybe 20 out, just for close family. It is just nice for families to have and a good way to get some pictures to grandparents…my grandparents LOVE pictures. Like they go crazy over pictures. I just graduated college and it isn’t normal in my area to send an announcement for that. 

Post # 64
342 posts
Helper bee

DancinDarlin :  Congratulations!  And an even bigger congratulations on how you’ve handled the childish replies you’ve gotten on here.  You are a success and winner with your calm attitude and ability to stay sweet.

Post # 65
4559 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

catskillsinjune :  As everyone is saying, it must be a regional/ cultural point of difference. I find it interesting, but still perplexing. 

Post # 66
1000 posts
Bumble bee

Olivepepper :  Yeah, I wasn’t dissing it either. I just wanted to point out that maybe if the relative lives in an area where it’s not common, he might be confused, as I would. You always think things are weird when you don’t grow up with them!

Post # 67
134 posts
Blushing bee

I’m a graphic designer & this is my favorite time of the year because of all the graduation announcements & invitations. I love making them because I feel graduating from school in any capacity should be celebrated.

Post # 68
422 posts
Helper bee

I wouldn’t send them but at the same time I wouldnt send an engagement announcement either. I agree that graduating is much more of an accomplishment than getting engaged. Let her celebrate and be happy for her!

Post # 69
105 posts
Blushing bee

DancinDarlin :  I’ve never heard of a graduation announcement and I’ve lived in the Northeast and the Southeast. My brother was a career student w multiple Masters and PhDs, he never sent announcements. It totally could be a regional thing but frankly, if I received one, I’d assume it was a gift grab or maybe mistake it as an invite. Sorry, not trying to be mean, just being honest – never heard of it before.

Post # 70
261 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Super common in SoCal and the South. The company that sells yearbooks, class rings, and caps and gowns has always sold them. I’ve seen them sold when I went through high school, college, and my PhD. People need to calm you. You CAN be happy for people without feeling like they just want a gift.

Post # 71
1183 posts
Bumble bee

Good for you Dr Bee! Congrats on all your hard work. I think graduation is most worthy of announcement, and if it’s culturally the norm in your area/family or whatever then go for it. I’m a Dr Bee too and I didn’t do anything but my parents were so so SO proud lol my mum put it all over fb. 

PPs have had good suggestions, just say something like thanks so much, say when the grad was and ask how they are and would love to see them sometime xo

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