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
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
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,
After the wedding the traditional announcement takes
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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