Q. I’d appreciate the ‘final word’ on the proper engagement announcement for our local newspaper. This concerns divorced parents of the groom.
The groom is Bob Loblaw. The groom’s parents are divorced. The groom’s father’s name is Owen Loblaw and his wife (stepmother of groom) goes by her maiden name, Julie Oliver, not Julie Loblaw. They reside in Baltimore, MD. The groom’s mother’s name is Barbara Gorham and her husband (stepfather of groom) is Lanny Gorham. They reside in Washington DC.
I’ve seen announcements that only include the father and mother, then again, I’ve seen announcements that include the stepparents too. Which is proper? If I include the stepparents, what about whether to use the stepmother’s maiden? The groom would like to include the stepparents if appropriate.
A. The groom’s mother’s name would appear first in either case:
to Bob Loblaw, the son of Barbara Gorham of etc. and Owen Loblaw of etc.
Robert is the son of Barbara and Lanny Gorham of etc. and Julie Oliver and Owen Loblaw of etc.
Typically the information on the couple’s schools and employment is given in the engagement announcement and not the wedding announcement.