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Scottish Wedding Guide
Engagement Announcements


The law of Scotland states that when a couple who are over 16 decide to wed, neither of them requires the consent of their parents for the marriage to go ahead.  But in the vast majority of cases, parents are happy to give their consent.

Wedding etiquette states that it is the girl's family who should make the engagement announcement.  This can be done either through a newspaper announcement, individually to friends, or at an engagement party.

In a press announcement, the gentleman's surname always appears first at the start of the announcement because the lady is taking his name. Thereafter it can be either the details of the woman or the man which comes first in the context of the announcement.

The usual form is...

LIVINGSTON - CAMPBELL - John and Mary Campbell, 27a High Street, Lowtown, are pleased to announce the engagement between their eldest daughter, Elizabeth, and Colin, only son of Bill and Sarah Livingston, 6 Main Street, Nexton.

Another popular form is...

LIVINGSTON - CAMPBELL - Both families are delighted to announce the engagement between Colin, only son of Mr and Mrs W. Livingston, 6 Main Street, Newton, and Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs J. Campbell, 27a High Street, Lowtown.

After the wedding the traditional announcement takes the form...

LIVINGSTON - CAMPBELL - At New Town Church, on July 1, by the Rev. James Smith, Colin, only son of Bill and Sarah Livingston, 6 Main Street, Nexton, and Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs J. Campbell, 27a High Street, Lowtown.


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