Since I’m a former journalist, newspaper engagement announcements are something I find utterly romantic. There’s something about the crinkle of the paper, the ink on one’s hands and the absolute public declaration that make these announcements one of my very favorites.
They’re still affordable (even with rates going up) and definitely a neat keepsake. Unlike engagement cards, people (like mother-in-laws) can buy multiple copies on their own without pestering you for the ones you’re saving for the scrapbook.
Here are a few examples I’ve created for this site. Keep in mind that these can be as silly or as serious as you want!
Creating awesome newspaper engagement announcements isn't very difficult if you follow a few simple tips:
Always add a photo if you can.
A photo draws attention and adds a spark to your announcement. Even if people don't know you, they love to put a face to the name. It's also great for the grandkids to see you as you were...and not as the old wrinkly lovebirds you've become!
Try to make it interesting!
Sure, it's one thing to be traditional. It's another thing to be totally boring. Sometimes a little kick or wit makes the announcement that much more memorable. Make people laugh. Love is fun!
Add bold, italics and exclamations!
If you can't add emotion to the written word when announcing something THIS important, when can you? Make your ad stand out from the rest.
Go as big as you can afford.
There's no point in getting a tinsy tiny announcement that no one can read. If grandma breaks out the magnifying glass to check out her copy, you know you should have upped the font size.
Make it easy to read.
Choose a great font, but make sure it's readable. There's nothing worse than a scrolling font that's hard on the eyes. Whimsical is fine. Cryptic is not.
Use spaces effectively.
Yes, you have a lot to say, but you don't want to cram it into one mega paragraph or run-on sentence. Use spacing to attract attention and to highlight important words or sentences.
Pay attention to the overall look of your ad.
Words are very important, but the ultimate look and feel of the ad in its entirety should be your top priority. Take a few hours to step away from your creation and come back to it with fresh eyes. You may notice something you've overlooked.
Last but not least, don't worry about what other people think!
This is YOUR ad! Newspaper engagement announcements are about the two people getting engaged and no one else. Do what feels right.