Selecting the Perfect Birth Announcement

As you are eager to share the news with friends and family, especially those who are far away, selecting the perfect birth announcement can be a fun endeavor.

The style of the card can be very personal and with the variety of options that are currently available in local stationery or gift stores and online, the possibilities are endless.

Whether you are looking for a creative or traditional design, there is no right or wrong. The important thing is to have fun with the process! 

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

- Start compiling addresses during your pregnancy. Having a baby is the perfect way to get back in touch with family and friends who you haven’t seen in a while.

- Start searching for the announcement a few weeks before your due date. Depending on whether you know you are having a boy or girl, you can personalize the design. If you are not finding out the gender ahead of time or prefer neutral designs, you can always look for styles that incorporate green or yellow.

- Provide the stationery store the approriate details such as selected font, parents name, wording preference ahead of time. After your child is born, all you have to do is place a call to provide the baby’s name, weight, birth date, etc.

- Request that your home address be printed on the back of the envelope. This is typically an extra charge, but well worth it due to the time savings that it will afford you after the baby is born.

- Make sure that you order a few extra cards to cover any typos and last-minute additions.

- Order stamps online ahead of time. You can select customized “baby-themed” designs either through the U.S. Postal Service or

Lastly, there are always a lot of questions regarding etiquette as you finalize the proof and place your order. What is right? The announcement will need to include the baby’s full name, the parents’ names, the date of birth, and the weight of the baby. The exact wording can be either formal or informal based on your preference, but below are a few examples as you finalize your announcement:

Formal vs. Informal:

Mr. and Mrs. John Edward Smith
joyfully announce
the birth of their son
William Edward Smith
Friday, the twenty-third of December 2005
at two o’clock in the afternoon
seven pounds, ten ounces, twenty inches

We joyfully announce
the birth of our son
William Edward Smith
December 23rd,
at 2:00 p.m.
7 lb., 10 oz. 20 inches
Proud parents Julia and Kenneth Morris
(If you have other children, their names can be added)

Happy shopping and remember you have six months after your child’s birth to send out the announcement!

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