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Should Engagement Announcements Include School and Work Details?

Ask Savvy: Should Engagement Announcements Include School and Work Details?


Dear Savvy,

I am looking ahead to engagement announcements in newspapers for my upcoming wedding. Is it necessary to list where both the bride and groom went to college and subsequently what each does for a living? I do not mind, but my soon-to-be fiancé says he doesn't want his place of work in the article. Also, is it still customary to put a picture of just the bride or of both bride and groom? I would love to see what fellow Sugars suggest about things like including education and work in the engagement announcements!

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What an exciting time in your life! I looked up several samples of engagement announcements from various newspapers online, and all of them were very similar because the information was derived from an announcement form that couples are required to complete. The form is relatively limited and asks for parents names, city of residence, educational background, and occupation.

I can't imagine a paper turning away your announcement because of an incomplete form. If your to-be groom is only concerned about listing his place of work, several of the announcements I read said things like "he is a research associate" without including a company name.

Unless your local paper is flexible about writing less formal pieces, it seems like an announcement without any education or occupation information would be pretty basic. But the point of announcements is to let everyone know about your engagement, which presumably has nothing to do with your school or work, so even without those personal details it will get your point across!

As for the photo, all of the pictures I saw were of couples. Some used what looked like engagement photos and others used casual pictures taken at random events.

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