Tuesday, August 17, 2010

engagement announcements

I'm sure you have all seen the unfortunate engagement/wedding announcements that have been circulated through email and the Internet, but in case you haven't go here.

Luckily, ours won't be anything like those. I've got a German last name and the future mister's is Irish (yep, I'll be a "Mc"). Now that we have our engagement photos, we'd like to place announcements in our parents' local papers. I thought I had it all figured out and sent the following snippet to my parents:

[My parents' names] of [my hometown] are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Heather to [the future mister's name], son of [his parents' names] of [his hometown]. Heather is a 2003 graduate of [my high school] and a 2007 graduate of [our university]. She is employed at [my place of employment]. [The future mister] is also a 2007 graduate of [our university] and is pursuing a PhD in History at [current university]. The couple is planning a May 2011 wedding in [where we live].

Then we sent this slightly different version for his parents to submit to their paper:

[His parents' names] of [his hometown] are pleased to announce the engagement of their son [the future mister] to Heather [my last name], daughter of [my parents' names] of [my hometown]. [The future mister] is a 2003 graduate of [his high school] and a 2007 graduate of [our university]. He earned a
Master's degree in History from [master's university] in 2009 and is pursuing a PhD at [current university]. Heather is also a 2007 graduate of [our university] and is employed at [my place of employment]. The couple is planning a May 2011 wedding in [where we live].

Now this is where I need some help. I thought that it was
appropriate for his parents to announce the engagement in their paper - i.e. their names first. However, my FMIL seemed a bit confused by my wording and thinks that it is proper etiquette for the bride's parents to announce the engagement, regardless of which newspaper. Did you announce your engagement in the newspaper? What's the proper etiquette for doing so?

And just so this post isn't completely pictureless, here are the photos
we are considering:

Which is your favorite?

2 comments:

  1. Different papers have different styles, but I believe she's correct in most cases. Your parents should announce the engagement, even in his hometown paper. And I think the second to last photo would be great for a newspaper announcement, but again, check with the paper as to their style.

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  2. Loooove the first one! So perfect!

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