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• Grandparents, Siblings, and Other Close Relatives Even if you want to surprise many of your loved ones at once, consider who would be hurt to not know immediately. You can tell them all at once at a family dinner, or simply tell them by phone.

• Publish an Announcement in Your Local Newspaper: Start off by calling to ask if they have any guidelines, deadlines, fees, or regulations about announcements. See if they accept pictures, if that’s something that interests you, and ask if pictures must be black & white or color. (Make sure you put your name on the back and include a self-addressed stamped envelope so the photo can be returned.). If they don’t give you strict guidelines, follow etiquette’s lead. Typically, announcements include information on the two of you, including career and education credentials, and your parents’ names. If your parents live in a different town, you should also include their hometowns. There’s no need to include the wedding date, and some purposefully omit it, as they don’t want to be targeted by burglars who will thus know when they’ll be out of the house. You might choose to say instead something like "A fall wedding is planned," which helps diffuse the millions of "So, when’s the wedding?" questions you inevitably get. Read the sample wordings below.

• Create a Wedding Website The most modern way to do it! Many companies offer easy-to-create personal websites that will help you keep guests updated on the details of your wedding. Once you’ve created a site, you can send an email letting friends and family know the URL. This is a very informal way to announce your engagement and has many of the same limitations that a printed announcement does, plus the added disadvantage that it will omit guests who don’t use the internet.

• Mailing Formal Engagement Announcements: This is a very traditional way of announcing your engagement, but it’s one that should be used cautiously. You’ll need to be sure that anyone who receives an engagement announcement will also be invited to the wedding, and that it won’t be mistaken for an invitation. Still, if the idea of beautiful cards sharing your good news is too delicious to resist, go to your local stationery store. You can word them however you wish, but typically wording is similar to what appears in a newspaper announcement. If you include your wedding date, it can double as a save-the-date card.

If your newspaper doesn’t give you strict guidelines, here are some sample wordings for engagement announcements. Note that etiquette stipulates that the groom’s family shouldn’t be the ones to announce the engagement, and it should be someone other than the bride and groom if at all possible.

Ms. Alice Smith announces the engagement of her daughter, Wilhelmina Smith to Peter Hightower, the son of A.J. and Margaret Hightower of Houston….(Follow the rest of the wording above. You may choose to include "Ms. Smith is also the daughter of Casey Smith of Newport Village" as the closing line, but this is not mandatory.)

Ms. Jennifer Miner announces the engagement of her daughter, Maria Miner to Ezra Goldblatt. Ms. Miner, also the daughter of the late Jonathan Miner, graduated from the University of Maine and is the manager of the Four Winds restaurant. Mr. Goldblatt, the son of Micah and Linda Goldblatt, graduated from Colby College and is a teacher at Union Academy in Portland.

Lisa Winter, a graduate of Geneseo College, is to be married to Mark Maroon, a graduate of Syracuse University. Ms. Winter, the daughter of the late William and Sophia Winter, is a professor at Rochester Community College. Mr. Maroon is a systems analyst at Bloomsday, Mothersbaugh.