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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!

See my answer and then share your own opinion in the comments! Just


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.


K-is-For-Kait K-is-For-Kait 9 years
As long as you pay them the amount of money they ask for, newspapers will write up something with whatever information you give them. As long as there's a profit, they're happy. But is it really important to pay to post up an announcement when everyone you truly care about is already invited to the wedding?
emalove emalove 9 years
If you want them's really up to you as to what info. you'll include.
thelorax thelorax 9 years
Good point, CoralAmber! In fact my mom made me wait until the very last minute to even send out INVITATIONS, for fear of me getting cold feet and causing embarrassment (I didn't!). lol
CoralAmber CoralAmber 9 years
I always thought engagement announcements were weird too. Even in a small town where people know who the heck you are. And wouldn't it be embarrassing if for some reason the engagement got broken off? Who would want that in the newspaper for everybody in town to read?
bluebird bluebird 9 years
My mom put our engagement announcement in the local paper, but she kept most of it pretty vague. I mean, everyone from home knows where I go to school, and I'm pretty sure they all can guess I met him here. Other than that, it just said "a fall wedding is planned." A lot of people in my neighborhood sent us congratulatory cards, which I thought was sweet for an area so close to Chicago.
Meike Meike 9 years
Hell no to engagement announcements in newspapers and if you really must do it, do not put any personal information like your husband's work place on there or definite times and locations. I do not see what the appeal is of strangers knowing this. I wouldn't allow any 'openings' for someone who is bad news to show up unexpectedly at our doorstep.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
My Mom forced me to do an engagement announcement. She put our schools and career aspirations (since we were still in school) but I found it really embarrassing. I think just having a picture of the couple and the wedding details is plenty. Also you could put the info you want about yourself in there and omit your fiances if he's not comfortable with it.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
I think my family would die if I didn't want an announcement in our local paper. Now thinking about it, it is kind of stupid. I think my grandma just wants to show off. My fiance is working on a phd in a top physics department, and if I were going to a top law school too I think I'd be all for it. But I'm going to a local law guess I don't to advertise that disparity. Haha I'm such a prestige whore. Living in a small town is creepy. And we were high school sweethearts. Yeesh!
uptown_girl uptown_girl 9 years
I agree with shanimalcracker, I've worked really hard to get where I am, as did my bf, and whenever we get engaged, I plan on putting it in the paper!
shanimalcracker shanimalcracker 9 years
I think if people don't want certain details to be included, they should just omit them in the form they fill out. Hopefully that is okay with the newspaper editors! I think for me I would like to have that information because it's something that I've been working on (and will continue to for the next three years) and am proud of. However, I can understand if people don't want so much information out in the open though.
cubadog cubadog 9 years
I think they are also pretty old school and to be honest I can't remember the last time I read one. I do not even read the wedding annoucements.
lawchick lawchick 9 years
We listed our wedding date and location (NOT time), parents and grandparents names, colleges, and my profession and where I practiced (but not the name of the office where I worked). Husband wasn't out of law school yet so we put that he would be graduating that summer. We had a picture of both of us taken by a family friend who does photograhpy on the side -- so it was better quality than just a snapshot but didn't look weirdly posed. Maybe it's a southern thing, but I love engagement announcements! However, I do think it's creepy when people put in there "friends and family welcome to attend"
javsmav javsmav 9 years
yeah, I find engagement announcements extremely creepy. why do strangers need to know I'm getting married?
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
I dont dig engagement ads in the paper at all. Just me...
thelorax thelorax 9 years
Congratulations on your engagement!!! I got married last year, and I chose not to put an announcement in the paper at all...even though I moved back to the town I grew up in, I just didn't feel like sharing. I think the level of discretion is up to you; I don't always see extensive info on education and employment -- it's your news to share, and just something for the uptown girls to gossip about over martinis and the down-home grannies to gossip about over their knitting. It's your wedding, do what you want!
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