Announce an Engagement In a Newspaper • Letter Templates and Guide

How to write this letter:

1In most cases, begin with the names of those making the announcement--usually the bride's parents.
2Add additional personal information in accordance with the newspaper's policies.

Tips

This announcement is a formal, public statement of an intent to marry. It identifies the engaged persons, their parents and their places of residence. Before submitting an announcement, check with the newspaper editor for policies and guidelines. Example sentences also indicate appropriate wordings for when the parents are divorced, one of them is deceased, or if the engaged couple is making the announcement themselves. See also "Announce an engagement with an invitation," and "Announce an engagement in a personal letter."

Example Letter #1

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Dr. and Mrs. John Doe announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter Mary to Eric Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Johnson of Springfield, Kansas.

Ms. Doe is a graduate of the Doe Academy of Arts and is currently the curator of the local art museum. Mr. Johnson is a partner in Doe Realty Associates. The couple plans to make their home in Springfield.

Example Letter #2

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Mr. John Doe and his late wife, Jane Doe, are proud to announce the marriage of their daughter, Ashley, to Eric Johnson, son of Mr. Robert Johnson of Centerville, Kansas, and Ms. Joyce Smith of Springfield, Kansas. Miss Doe is a student of hair artistry at the En Vogue Academy, from which she will graduate in June of this year. Mr. Johnson is employed at Doe & Sons. The couple will reside in Springfield, Kansas.

Example Letter #3

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Mrs. Jane Doe and Mr. John Smith are proud to announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Ashley Doe, to Melvin Johnson, son of Eric Johnson and Dr. Suzanne Johnson of Springfield. The wedding will take place on the riverside beach, where the couple met, on November 19, exactly three years after their first meeting there. Both Ashley and Eric have accepted teaching positions overseas and will be moving to the Middle East shortly after a honeymoon in Mexico.

Example Letter #4

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Ashley Stevens, daughter of Robert and Suzanne Stevens of Springfield, will marry Eric Doe, son of John and Jane Doe of Centerville, on Saturday, April 20, at Springfield Island Resort.

A reception will honor the couple that evening at Springfield Island Resort. The event is open to all friends and relatives.

The bride-elect is a graduate of Springfield University and is employed at XYZ Corp in Centerville. Her fiancee, Eric, graduated from Centerville University and is also employed at XYZ Corp.

The couple will reside in Springfield.

Write Your Letter Step-by-Step

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In most cases, begin with the names of those making the announcement--usually the bride's parents.

Example Sentences

Mr. and Mrs. John Doe announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary, to Eric Stevens, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stevens of Springfield, Kansas. (This is the conventional pattern.) Mr. and Mrs. John Doe announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Jane, to Eric Stevens, son of Robert and Suzanne Stevens of Springfield, Kansas. Jane Doe is also the daughter of the late Suzanne Johnson. (This wording may be used when one of the parents is deceased and the other has remarried.) Mr. John Doe announces the engagement and forthcoming marriage of his daughter, Ashley, to Eric Johnson, son of Melvin and the late Anne Johnson. (This wording may be used when one of the parents is deceased.) Mr. John Doe of Springfield, Kansas and Mrs. Beth Stevens of Centerville, Kansas announce the engagement of their daughter Mary to Eric Johnson, son of Melvin and Anne Johnson of Springfield. (This wording may be used when parents are divorced and have different surnames.) Mr. John Doe announces the engagement of his daughter, Mary, to Eric Johnson, son of Melvin and Anne Johnson of Springfield. Mary Doe is also the daughter of Beth Stevens of Centerville, Kansas. (This wording may be used when parents are divorced and only one parent is making the announcement.) Mary Doe and Eric Johnson are delighted to announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage on June 15. (This wording is appropriate when the engaged couple makes the announcement.) Eric Stevens and Mary Doe plan to marry on June 15, 2019, at the Center Church in Springfield. The couple's parents are Professor and Mrs. Andrew Stevens of Springfield, and Mr. and Mrs. John Doe of Springfield, Kansas.

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