Ask the Editor: Engagement Announcement


My fiancée was married before.   Is it still fine to put an announcement in the newspaper, or is that in bad taste?—Jon, New York City, NY

You can absolutely still have a newspaper announcement, provided the following is true:

  1. Your fiancée is legally divorced, or widowed.  Whether legally separated or divorce papers have only been filed, it is inappropriate to be engaged to someone else until the previous union has been dissolved.
  2. If divorced, she has told her ex-husband and any children, if applicable.  If there are children from any previous relationships, they may be mentioned in the announcement, but it isn’t required.
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