Celebrating your 50-year anniversary is an occasion worthy of announcement. Couples celebrating their marriage (or their children or grandchildren) may want to draft an announcement for the local newspaper or mailings for family and friends. While there are no rules as to the exact format of a 50th wedding anniversary announcement, there are several facts that should be included. Including the date and place of the wedding, the names of the celebrating couple's children and grandchildren and the location of a celebration makes for a complete 50th anniversary announcement.
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Introduce the celebrating couple and their event in the first sentence. This is the most important information and should lead off the announcement. For example:
"Join the children of Bob and Joyce in celebrating the couple's 50th wedding anniversary on February 10."
"Marie and Landon are celebrating 50 years together on June 8."
Add the location of the celebrating couple's wedding and any pertinent details about the wedding next. These details can be personalised taking into account the couple's personality. For example:
"Bob and Joyce were married in Las Vegas by an Elvis impersonator and have been fans of peanut butter and banana sandwiches ever since."
"Marie and Landon married in Chicago, Illinois, in the presence of 300 close family and friends."
Include the names of children and grandchildren in the announcement. Both living and deceased children should be included, with the latter's name being preceded by "the late" if desired.
"Bob and Joyce will celebrate their golden anniversary with their two daughters, Isabel and Franny, also fans of peanut butter and banana sandwiches."
"The five children and thirteen grandchildren of Marie and Landon join the couple in celebrating this event."
Add details regarding a party or celebration correlating with the anniversary. If the announcement also serves as an invitation, include event details at the end of the announcement.
"All members of the community who wish to celebrate with Bob and Joyce may join the couple and their family at the Valley Community Center for cake and punch on February 11th at 7:00 p.m."
"Marie and Landon will celebrate their golden anniversary at Meadow Country Club on Friday, June 8, at 5 o'clock in the evening. The event includes dinner, dessert and dancing. The couple requests no gifts."
Tips and warnings
- The tone of a 50th wedding anniversary announcement should fit the couple, whether that tone is elegant or humorous.
- A special quote, verse or religious passage can be added to reflect the couple's interests or views.
- Newspaper deadlines can run days to a week or more in advance of printing, so be sure to submit your newspaper announcement well ahead of time.
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