Post # 1
We got engaged in April, and we are about twenty months away from our wedding. It’s on July 9, 2016. I am wondering when we should do newspaper announcements? My hometown newspaper is running a special where it puts engagement announcements in for free. Seems like too good of a deal to pass up, and I would really like to go ahead and do the announcements, but do you bees think it is too early?
Post # 2
Also does this wording sound ok? I changed all of our personal info, so besides the funny names and such, does it sound right? My parents like the more formal wording.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Agatha Coach, of Coachville, announce the engagement of their daughter, Jane Doe Coach, to John Harry Smith, son of John and Mary Smith of Smithville.
The bride elect will graduate from State University this May with a Bachelor of Arts. She is employed as a debate coach at Stateville Academy in Stateville, Ga.
The groom elect will graduate from National University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science, before pursuing law school studies.
A July wedding is planned following his graduation.
Post # 3
I think that you should do it now while the special is running! I got engaged this past May and will not be married until May 2016 and my parents put in an engagement announcement shortly after I got engaged. I do not know when the annoucement SHOULD be made but in my opionion it is not too early. The wording for your anouncement also sounds good! 🙂
Post # 4
coachhw: I think it could be put in whenever. We did ours 2 weeks before our wedding, which I thought would be enough time. I usually see people do it for the week off, or anytime really before the wedding. If there is a special to save you money… go for it! Ours was $30 plus some other fees for copies of the paper/section.
Wording is good! I don’t know if you want to put a general location of where the wedding is planned to be at. But, if you’re just in the planning phases… maybe not necessy.
Post # 5
coachhw: I’d say do it now – you’re announcing your engagement, not your wedding, and you are officially engaged. May as well announce that 🙂
Post # 6
An old-fashioned long engagement has two parts: a private period where the engagement is known only to the couple and their parents, during which the couple naturally do not have any expectations that their engagement will be recognized in society; and a public pre-wedding period where the couple have the expectation that they will be treated publicly as a couple. You may know, that a married or engaged couple is always invited to social events together, unless the event is a ladies-only or gentlemen-only event. If a couple wants to enjoy that entitlement, then they are obliged to announce somehow, to the hostesses in their social circle, that they are, in fact, a couple. However the ladies who are closest to you: your mother and other close relatives, and your best friends, should hear the news directly from you and not first read about it in a newspaper.
So: place the engagement announcement in your newspaper (or, the modern equivalent, change your facebook status and tweet the news) as soon as you want your engagement to be publicly recognized, but after you have written notes (or phoned, texted or emailed) to the people closest to you.