Dos and Don’ts of Announcements

View From The Stage

Wedding do's and don't'sWhenever there are a few hundred people in one room on a given day, the likelihood is that you are not the only one for whom that day has a special significance.  The same is true for your wedding.  You will probably have a grandmother with a birthday, a brother who just had a new baby, and a crazy uncle celebrating his promotion to Robert E. Lee in his Civil War reenactment club.  The natural temptation is to try and accommodate everyone by announcing all the special occasions of your guests, but you have to think carefully before doing this.

If there are three occasions that you know about, there are probably ten more that you don’t know about.  What happens when you announce Grandmom’s 85th birthday, and neglect Aunt Ethyl’ s 90th?  What if you announce that Cousin Jennifer got the lead role in the play, but forget about Cousin Tommy winning the three point shooting contest?  Point being, there are just too many unknowns and announcing one special occasion might ruffle a lot more feathers than it’s worth.  Unless there is something huge that everyone needs to know, it is better to err on the side of caution.

That said, if you have any guests under the age of twelve who happen to be donating their birthday time to your wedding day, you had better have a cake.

This has been another installment of Brandywine Valley Talent’s View from the Stage.  Check back soon for more tips on how not to snub your guests and other important advice for planning your special day!