There are a flurry of things that surround a couple after the engagement. From flower to seating arrangements, the bride-elect and her fiance have the seemingly daunting task of letting all people who could possibly be interested in the news of their engagement know about it.
Aside from immediate family and friends, the couple could choose to announce their forthcoming nuptial in The Inter-Mountain. Couples can have their engagement and photo printed on the Society page by filling out the simple form on the Virtual Newsroom. A couple can also bring in a handwritten or typed copy of the announcement to the newsroom at The Inter-Mountain offices in Elkins and Buckhannon.
Announcements can include as little or as much information as the bride-elect and her fiance wish to include. Some only have the couple's names and their parents names. Other announcements have included details of the couple's relationship, proposal and reactions from the family members. All announcements should include the date of the wedding as well as the name of the city the couple and their parents call home.
Engagement announcements should be submitted no later than one year before the intended wedding date, and can only be published in the newspaper once. Announcements must be submitted by 5 p.m. Tuesday to be considered for the Society page in that weekend's edition of The Inter-Mountain. If more announcements are received than space permits, as many will be printed as possible with others appearing in a future edition.
Each weekend, a special, full-color page is reserved for engagement announcements. If the bride-elect and fiance choose to have an engagement photo included with the announcement, it can be printed in color. Photos can be attached to the form on the Virtual Newsroom or a glossy print can be delivered to The Inter-Mountain offices to be scanned. If a hard copy of the photo is submitted, it can be retrieved after the announcement appears in the paper. If a self-addressed, stamped envelope is included, the picture can be returned once it is published .
After the wedding, a couple can also submit a wedding announcement. The same basic principles apply for submission, but the wedding announcement can go into much more detail. Many wedding notices include a brief description of the ceremony and where it took place.
In the know
Include the following information:
1. Indicate who is making the announcement.
2. The full name of prospective bride and her address.
3. The full name of prospective bride's parents and their address.
4. The full name of prospective bridegroom and his address.
5. The full name of prospective bridegroom's parents and their address.
6. Exact wedding date.
Please include the following:
1. When and where married.
2. Names of bride and bridegroom.
3. Their parents' names.
4. Details about the wedding.
5. Details about the music.
6. List who was in the wedding party.
7. Description of the bride's dress and the attire of the wedding party.
8. Information about the couple honeymooned.
Others have included detailed descriptions of the bride's gown. Announcements must be received no later than six months after the wedding date.
Announcements may be submitted online by clicking on the "submit news" link at www.theintermountain.com.
Also, a copy of the forms found in The Inter-Mountain "Now and Forever Wedding Planner" can be found on Page 7D of this special section. When a couple decides to share the rest of their lives together, letting family and friends share in that joy through an engagement and wedding announcement can only help increase the happiness.