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Wedding Announcement Etiquette

Wedding Announcement Etiquette
There's a whole set of rules or codes of conduct for all formal occasions. In fact, in case of nuptial ceremonies, these rules are extended to the post-wedding period too.
Ashwini Kulkarni Sule
Weddings are greatly dictated by etiquette and norms. Right from the engagement to the reception, you have to adhere to these unspoken rules. In a way, following them is a good idea, as you minimize the chances of hurting someone out of ignorance. Since getting married is such an important occasion in your life, you cannot afford to hurt any of your invitees' sentiments. You might heave a sigh of relief as soon as you are done with your reception, and are ready to head for your honeymoon. But before you merrily hop into your getaway car, make sure that you have fulfilled the last of all wedding etiquette―sending the announcement cards.
Announcing Your Wedding

This is the formal declaration from the couple's side that they are now officially wedded. It is done by way of sending cards to the concerned individuals.

When to Send
Ideally, one must send the cards within a few days of marriage. There should not be a delay of more than 2 weeks from the commencement of your marriage. On the other hand, never send them before you are officially married. If you are leaving for your honeymoon immediately after the reception, have someone do the job for you. You may prepare the cards before the wedding to keep them ready. A friend or sibling may drop them in the mail.
Whom to Send
Sending cards to announce your marriage is entirely optional. Many people mistake these for thank you cards and send them to everyone who attended the ceremony. One must understand that they are sent to inform the recipient that your marriage has commenced. It does not make any sense to send them to people who have already witnessed your wedding ceremony. However, you might send them to people whom you invited to attend, but could not make it. You can also send these cards to your distant relatives or acquaintances who weren't invited. In short, you can send these cards to anyone who wasn't present on the occasion, but may have an interest in knowing about it.
Should You Include a Photo?
Including your wedding photo in the card is not a bad idea. However, you may have to wait for a few days until the pictures arrive. If they are unlikely to arrive in a week or so, you would rather send the cards without a picture.
Wedding Announcement Etiquette

The announcement cards are designed on similar lines of an invitation card. Ideally, you should use the same format as well. If the invitation card was in the name of your parents, you should stick to the same norm while sending the announcements. The wording should also be in accordance with that of your invitation. You should include the full names of the bride and groom, date of the wedding, and the venue. These cards should be addressed by hand only. The following template will be helpful for this purpose.

Issued by parents
Mr. and Mrs. Alan G. Leigh
have the honor of announcing
the marriage of their daughter
Chloe Ann
Mr. Roger William Murray
Saturday, the Sixteenth of July
Two Thousand Eight
St. Mary Cathedral
Chicago, Illinois
Invitation issued by bride and groom
Ms. Claire Marie Wilson
Mr. Liam Vince Carter
are pleased to announce their marriage
Saturday, the Sixteenth of July
Two Thousand Eight
Town Hall
Dallas, Texas
Receiving a wedding announcement card does not necessarily mean that you should send a gift to the newly married couple. You may do so as per your wish.