Q: Hello, what’s the current protocol for announcing an engagement… when and how is it done?
A: In addition to calling and writing family members and friends, a couple often decides to submit an engagement announcement to newspapers. Because it is inappropriate to send printed engagement announcements, this is a nice way to spread the news. Most newspaper engagement announcements appear approximately two to three months before the wedding day. But really, there are no set rules: an announcement may appear a year before the wedding date or as little as a week before. The announcement is usually made by the bride’s parents, often using a standard form provided by the newspaper. The bride’s parents should ask the groom’s parents if they would like the announcement in their hometown newspaper as well. Although each newspaper may have its own format, the basic wording is as follows: Mr. and Mrs. William Smith of Burlington, Vermont announce the marriage of their daughter, Miss Lila Anne Smith, to Mr. John Reynolds, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Reynolds of Los Altos, California. A June wedding is planned. Miss Smith was graduated from the University of Vermont and is a nurse practioner at Fletcher Allen Hospital. Mr. Reynolds was graduated from Saint Michael’s College and is a graphic designer at The Design House.