(Closed) Engagement announcements??

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
10601 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I’m not sure on the etiquette, hopefully someone else knows!  I think it’s a bit of a grey area, as I’ve seen that anyone invited to an engagement party should be invited to the wedding, as well as this being one of the few pre-wedding parties where everyone doesn’t need to be to the wedding (the hosts usually wouldn’t be able to obtain the guest list that early, and sometimes they are surprises!).

I think if you send the pictures and news with Christmas cards you would be less likely to have someone who gets confused and thinks it means it is something like a STD.

Post # 4
3267 posts
Sugar bee

Announcements are polite and traditional. 

No one should confuse it for an invitation or STD.  Just be clear in your wording.  You may want to wait until after the wedding and send out wedding announcements, or you could do both.

Post # 5
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I would suggest just waiting and sending a marriage announcement after the fact. Then no one has time to complain that they weren’t invited to the wedding!

Post # 6
2055 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Sending out a holiday card with an engagement picture is a great idea! 

Post # 7
13292 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think it’s fine to send, I just don’t get the point.  Won’t these people hear from other people if you’re that close to them?  If I got an engagement announcement, to be perfectly honest, I’d assume I was invited to the wedding.  No, I wouldn’t confuse it with a STD or an invitation (obviously there’s no date or any information on them), but I would assume I’d be invited to the nuptials if you took time to mail me an announcement.  I might be in the minority, though!

Post # 8
6123 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Engagement anncouements are typically for the newspaper, not a mailed item, but that will do no good since everyone is scattered!


I would just wait until you are married and send wedding annoucements.  Those are more common than mailing out engagement annoucements.


However, you could certainly do a holiday photo card (Christmas, New Year’s, etc) and use your engagement photos, but also put on the card that you got engaged as well.  Then it’s like a holiday photo card with news!

Post # 10
6123 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@MsHeatFan:  VistaPrint has a deal right now 20 holiday cards for $1.99!  They have various deals often though.

I will probably use some of my fall engagements or summer wedding photos in a holiday card for sure!  Glad I could help!

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