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Wedding, Engagement & Anniversary Announcements

Your announcement will appear in Thursday's newspaper. Submit all information by Monday, noon. If you have questions, contact Suzette (908) 232-4407 -

For Wedding: Provide about 300 to 400 words describing the history of the bride and the bridegroom: (education: high school, college and graduation years; career information, place of employment, job title). Provide the wedding date. Provide a photo.
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For Engagement and Anniversary: Provide about 125 to 150 words describing the history of the bride and the bridegroom: (education: high school, college and graduation years; career information, place of employment, job title). Provide the wedding date. Provide a photo.
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Wedding Announcement Format:
-- Date, time and place of ceremony, officiating person, place of reception, bride given away by.
-- Bride’s dress, style, materials, veil; bride’s flowers.
-- Matron, Maid of Honor and Bridesmaids: (Miss, Ms., Mrs. or Dr.) Names and towns of residence, relationship to bride and groom), attire and flowers.
-- Best Man and Groomsmen: Names and towns of residence and relationship to bride/groom.
-- Flower Girl, Ring Bearer and Readers: Names and towns of residence and relationship to bride/groom, Attire and flowers. Include Miss, Ms., Mrs. or Dr. for any women readers.
-- Rehearsal party, pre-nuptial parties (hosted by whom, location and date).
-- Wedding trip and future residence.

Sample Wedding Announcement:

Miss Mary R. Smith Weds John H. Jones, Jr.

Miss Mary Rose Smith, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Smith of Westfield, was married on Saturday, May 2, to John Henry Jones, Jr. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Henry Jones, Sr. of Manhattan.

The afternoon ceremony took place at St. Mary’s Church in Manhattan with the Reverend Milton Dobbs officiating. A reception followed at the Gotham Inn in Manhattan.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a strapless white silk satin A-line gown featuring beaded embroidery and a chapel-length train. She carried a bouquet of white roses, hydrangea and mini calla lilies.

Miss Lisa Smith of Westfield was the maid of honor for her sister. The bridal attendants included Mrs. Linda Smith of Boston, Mass., sister-in-law of the bride; Ms. Karen Jones of Philadelphia, Pa., sister of the bridegroom, and Ms. Patricia Quinn of Staten Island, N.Y., a friend of the bride. All wore deep pink gowns and carried bouquets of pink roses with hydrangea.

Miss Susan Smith of Boston, niece of the bride, was the flower girl. She wore a floor-length white dress and carried a bouquet of pink rose petals.

Michael Jones of Manhattan, brother of the bridegroom, was the best man. Serving as groomsmen were Mark Smith of Boston, brother of the bride; Stephen Gray of Staten Island, N.Y. and James Porter of Baltimore, Md., both friends of the bridegroom.

Alexander Smith of Boston, nephew of the bride, was the ring bearer.

Dr. David Dill of Manhattan, a friend of the couple, and Mrs. Katherine Cooper of Staten Island, aunt of the bride, did scripture readings.

A 2000 graduate of Westfield High School, the bride earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Seton Hall University in South Orange in 2004. She is employed as a teacher at New York Preparatory School.

The bridegroom, a 1998 graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School in Manhattan, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater from New York University in 2002. He is employed as a stage manager at the Winter Garden Theatre in Manhattan.

The parents of the bridegroom hosted the rehearsal dinner the evening before the wedding at Tavern on the Green in Manhattan.

The maid of honor and bridal attendants hosted a bridal shower in March at Ferraro’s in Westfield.

Following a wedding trip to St. Lucia, the couple resides in Manhattan.

Sample Engagement Announcement:

Ms. Susan Lee Swift To Wed Tucker J. Lewis

Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Swift of Westfield have announced the engagement of their daughter, Ms. Susan Lee Swift, to Tucker James Lewis. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lewis of Philadelphia, Pa.

A 1996 graduate of Westfield High School, the bride-to-be received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass. in 2000. She is employed as a lab technician with Future Labs in Manhattan.

The future bridegroom graduated from Philadelphia Central High School in 1995 and from Boston College in Chestnut Hill in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Arts. He is a graphic designer for Colorite in Manhattan.

The couple will be married in the spring of 2010.

Sample Anniversary Announcement:

Chaplins Celebrate 50th Wedding Anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Chaplin of Westfield celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, June 20, at a party hosted by their children at the James Ward Mansion in Westfield.

A native of New York City, Mr. Chaplin graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. He was employed as an editor with the New York Times before retiring in 1999.

Mrs. Chaplin, the former Miss Mary Ryan, had been employed as a secretary with the Green Company before retiring in 2000.

The couple is active with the local American Legion and Habitat for Humanity.

The Chaplins’ family includes two sons and daughters-in-law, Edward, Jr. and Susan Chaplin of New York City and John and Jane Chaplin of Boston, Mass., and three grandchildren, Tyler, Tracey and Timothy.

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