Sometimes an announcement of an engagement also serves as an invitation to the wedding or wedding reception. Such is the case with the examples below. Examples 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 in a newspaper," and "Announce an engagement in a personal letter."
1. In most cases, begin with the names of those making the announcement--usually the bride's parents. The lines will generally be centered on the page.
- Mr. and Mrs. John Doe announce the engagement of their daughter Mary to Eric Johnson, son of Mrs. and Mrs. Melvin Johnson of Springfield, Kansas. (This is the conventional pattern.)
- Mr. and Mrs. John Doe announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Mary, to Eric Johnson, son of Melvin and Anne Johnson of Springfield, Kansas. Mary Doe is also the daughter of the late Beth Smith. (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, Mary, to Eric Johnson, son of Melvin and Anne Johnson. Mary Doe is also the daughter of the late Beth Smith. (This wording may be used when one of the parents is deceased.)
- Mr. John Doe of Springfield, Kansas, and Mrs. Jane Smith 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 Smith 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 Johnson and Mary Doe plan to marry on June 15, 2002, at the Center Church in Springfield. The couple's parents are Professor and Mrs. Melvin Johnson, Springfield, and Mr. and Mrs. John Doe of Centerville, Kansas.
- am engaged to
- announces the engagement of
- are planning a spring wedding
- are finally taking the plunge
- are finally taking the leap
- are engaged to be married
- are pleased to announce
- are delighted to announce
- believe it or not, we are
- gives me great pleasure to announce
- have finally agreed to tie the knot
- is also the daughter of the late
- knight in shining armor arrived on the scene
- look forward to introducing you to
- plan to be married on
- plan to marry on
- the couple's parents are
- the engagement of their
- the daughter of
- the engagement and forthcoming marriage of
- want you to be among the first to know
- want to share our good news with
- who is the son of
- wish to announce their engagement
- would like all our friends to know
2. Add a note of invitation.
- You are cordially invited to share<br />in the happiness of this occasion<br />at a reception and open house<br />to be held in their honor<br />Saturday, December 14th<br />from 7:00 p.m.<br />at the Doe residence<br />1600 Main Street<br />Springfield, Kansas
- We request the pleasure of your company<br />at a reception in their honor Friday, June 15th,<br />from 7:00 p.m. at the Doe Residence<br />1600 Main Street, Springfield, Kansas.
- They request the pleasure of your company<br />as they exchange their vows at seven p.m.<br />on the evening of June 15th.<br />Receiving line from seven until eight p.m.<br />Program and dance from eight p.m.
- The pleasure of your company is requested<br />at their wedding Friday, June 15th<br />7:30 p.m. at the Springfield Hotel
- an informal gathering of family and friends
- are cordially invited to
- as they exchange their vows
- at the Doe residence
- at a reception and dance
- invite you to
- please join us for
- please mark your calendar
- please respond with acceptance or regrets
- reception will be held at
- request the pleasure of your company
- RSVP by
- the happiness of this occasion
- the beginning of their new life together
- to an engagement party on
- to celebrate the occasion
- to share in their happiness
- to attend our wedding
- to the wedding of their daughter
- to a dinner in their honor
- to share in our happiness
- to share in their joy
- to a celebration of their marriage
- we would be delighted to see you at
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