How to Write a Newspaper Announcement

Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images

Your special moment has arrived and you want to share your joy with the world. Sending in an announcement to your local newspaper is an easy task. The world's newspapers carry announcements ranging from engagements and weddings, to 50 year anniversaries and other events. To write one for before an event is similar to writing a formal invitation. Submitting an announcement after an event will include details of what transpired.

Compose a draft that includes the key points about your occasion. Full names, parents' names of both parties, how you met, children's names, the location and date of the event. Some announcements are brief, listing only the names of the happy couple, and stating the city or place where they met, how long they've been together, and their plans

Write as little or as much as you wish. Typically, two or three paragraphs is sufficient. For extravagant events after the fact, such as a wedding that recently took place, include details about what the bride and groom wore, the number in the wedding party, and special highlights. Note unusual and interesting tidbits such as the couple rode in on white horses, or the wedding took place underwater off a Mediterranean island.

Write historic anniversary celebrations -- such as the major milestones of 25- and 50-year events -- to reflect personalized significant moments, such as, "Mr. and Mrs. Ashenfelter have lived in eight countries and traveled to 20 others. During their courtship, their favorite dates were foreign films. They have three children and 10 grandchildren, as well as two great-grandchildren. They plan to spend the next 25 years right here at home in New Haven, growing flowers on their three-acre parcel."

Write birth announcements to include the name of the child, the parents' names, and the date and time of birth. Some people include facts such as birth length and weight. A favorite quote or an original line of blessing or welcome to the newborn is sometimes added.