Guidelines for Your Celebrations!
Celebrations! is for your non-commercial announcement of nearly any kind,
including engagements, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, retirements, team
photos, thank yous, reunions, fun photos, etc. Hereís some helpful
First, youíll need a form.
Pick them up to go, or fill them out with your order, at The Courier, 701 West Sandusky St., Findlay, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Or, you may download a PDF form. For engagements, weddings and anniversaries, you can submit forms online if you like. Access them at www.thecourier.com/celebrations. After submitting online forms you will be contacted by phone for payment details.
How to get it to us.
Place your announcement in person at The Courier during business hours, or mail the form, photo and payment to ďCelebrations!,Ē The Courier, P.O. Box 609, Findlay, OH 45839. Engagements, weddings and anniversaries may be submitted online. Payment for online submissions is handled by phone.
What do you want to shout about? Write and show almost anything you want about almost anything you want as long as itís in good taste. (Thatís our call.) We encourage you to write your own announcement since you know the story best. Then again, traditional announcements work well, too. We will help you.
Celebrations! is published every Tuesday. Your announcement will appear in one Celebrations! printed edition on Tuesday, and online at www.thecourier.com for one week. Which Tuesday is best for you?
Use a ruler to help you.
1 column (2 inches) x 5.5 inches: $25. ($30 if published after Jan. 1, 2012)
2 columns (4.1 inches) x 2.75 inches: $25. ($30 if published after Jan. 1, 2012)
1 column x 11 inches: $45. ($50 if published after Jan. 1, 2012)
2 columns x 5.5 inches: $45. ($50 if published after Jan. 1, 2012)
2 columns x 11 inches: $85. ($90 if published after Jan. 1, 2012)
4 columns (8.4 inches) x 5.5 inches: $85. ($90 if published after Jan. 1, 2012)
Half page, 5 columns (10.5 inches) x 5.5 inches: $100. ($105 if published after Jan. 1, 2012)
Front page, full color, 1/4 Page Ad: $85.
Center pages available in full color, call for more information
Additional art (special borders, symbols): $5 per announcement.
Additional copies of the issue of
Celebrations! your announcement appears in are
available at $.75 each.
We salute active-duty military people with free engagement and wedding announcements.
A good photo is a must!
Photos should be at least wallet-sized. Glossies help, too. Do not cut them.
Photos for weddings, engagements and anniversaries can be submitted online. They at least 200 dpi..
Photo prints should be dropped off at The Courier, or in the mailbox near our front door in an envelope marked Celebrations! with contact information included.
They also can be mailed with an announcement form. They will be returned by mail if you send a self-addressed, stamped envelope, or please pick them up within two weeks or they may be discarded. The Courier will take reasonable care of photos, but it assumes no financial liability for them.
A limited number of color photo opportunities are available in Celebrations!. Itís first-come, first-served.
Want more impact?
Put your announcement and photo on the cover of the print and online editions. Itís first-come, first-served. Ask us.
Poems and copyrighted photos must include the authorís name and permission to reprint. We reserve the right to reject any announcement for any reason.
Your deadline is 3 p.m. Wednesdays, at The Courier. Earlier is always better, of course.
Pay with cash, a check, or a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover.)
For the public record, we will print one- and two-sentence announcements of engagements, weddings, anniversaries (50, 55, 60 years, etc.,) and birthdays (90 years or older) free of charge. They should be mailed to The Courier or e-mailed to email@example.com. Examples:
Engagement: Jane Smith, of Findlay, and John Doe, of Philadelphia, plan to marry Sept. 14 at St. Peterís by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, Cape May Point, N.J.
Wedding: Jane Smith and John Doe, of Philadelphia, were married Sept. 14 in Cape May Point, N.J. She is formerly of Findlay.
Anniversary: John and Jane Doe of Findlay will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Sept. 14.
Birthday: Jane Doe of Findlay will celebrate her 90th birthday this Sunday.
Businesses should contact their Courier advertising consultant.
Questions? Call our Advertising Department at 419-422-5151 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. Or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We encourage you to write your own engagement announcement to go with your photo. Please do so here in 600 characters or less if it is to appear in a 1 x 5 1/2 in. announcement:
Here is an example of a basic engagement announcement that
appeared in The Courier:
Kimberly Perkins, of Findlay, and Cory Ridge, of Marion, have announced their engagement and plans for a June 27 wedding at West Independence United Methodist Church.
The bride-to-be is the daughter of Steve and Holly Perkins of Findlay. She will graduate in May from Heidelberg University with a bachelor of arts in music education.
The groom-to-be is the son of Brad and Kathy Ridge of Marion. He will graduate in May from Heidelberg University with a bachelor of arts in music education.
Or, here is an example of a basic engagement announcement in a fill-in-the-blanks format:
(Bride-to-beís name) of (hometown,) and (groom-to-beís name) of (hometown,) are engaged and planning a (date) wedding at (church, home, etc.)
She is the daughter of (parentsí names) of (hometown.) She is a (year) graduate of (school) and is (profession) in (town, state if necessary.)
He is the son of (parentsí names) of (hometown.) He graduated from (school) in (year) and is a (job) at (company) (town, state if necessary.)
We encourage you to write your own wedding announcement to go with your photo. Please do so here in 1800 characters or less if it is to appear in a 2 x 5 1/2 in. announcement:
Here is an example of a basic wedding announcement that appeared
in The Courier:
Angela Carpenter and Steve Bishop, both of Fostoria, were married Feb. 23, in Gatlinburg, Tenn. The Rev. Rob Bremer officiated.
The bride is the daughter and stepdaughter of Mike and Deanna (Daniels) Nuhfer, of Fostoria, and Rick and Kelsi Carpenter of North Baltimore. She is a teacher at Kidz City, Tiffin.
The groom is the son of Tammy Stiger of Fostoria. He is a supervisor at Loweís Distribution Center, Findlay.
The newlyweds honeymooned in Sevierville, Tenn. They will reside in Fostoria.
Or, here is an example of a basic wedding announcement in a fill-in-the-blanks format:
(Brideís maiden name) and (groomís name), both of (hometown), were married (date) at (name of church or place) in (city). (Optional: Ministerís name) officiated.
The bride is the daughter of (name of parents) of (hometown.) She is a graduate of (school) and is a (occupation) at (company) in (city).
The groom is the son of (name of parents) of (hometown). He is a graduate of (school) and is a (occupation) at (company), in (city.)
The newlyweds honeymooned (where?). They will live in (town.)
We encourage you to write your own anniversary announcement. Please do so here in 600 characters or less if it is to appear in a 1 x 5 1/2 in. announcement:
Here is an example of a basic anniversary announcement that appeared in The Courier:
McClelland and the former Imagene Purkey were married April
12, 1959, at
The coupleís children are Rick McClelland of Bloomdale,
Lori McCaughey of Bolivar, and the late Randy McClelland of
McClelland retired from Union Carbide Corp and Mrs.
McClelland retired from Ohio Farmers.
They are members of
The couple will celebrate with a family dinner.
(Coupleís names), of (hometown), will celebrate their (number of years?) wedding anniversary (when?).
(The groom) and the former (maiden name of bride) were married (date), (where?) by (name of minister, if wanted.)
The coupleís children are (name) of (hometown), (name) of (hometown) (etc.)
(The groom) retired (still works?) from (company) and Mrs. McClelland retired from (company). They are members of (church, other most important civic groups, etc.)
The couple will celebrate (how?)
We encourage you to write your own birthday announcement to go with your photo. Here is an example of a basic birthday announcement that appeared in The Courier:
He was born March 26, 1919, to Merle and Ora Crosser. He married Rose Anna Johnson on Aug. 14, 1942.
He has four children, Ron, of McComb; Larry, of Rossford;
Karyn Stahl, of
Crosser retired in 1981 as a supervisor at Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., where he worked for 31 years. He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
(Name), of (hometown), (celebrated/will celebrate) (his/her) (number) birthday (when?)
(Name) was born (date) to (parents names, optional) in (location, optional.) (He/she) married (spouseís name) on (date or just year.) (Optional: He/she died in year.)
(He/she) has (number) children, (name), of (hometown); (etc.)
(Name) retired as (what job?) at (what company) in (what year?) (He/she) is a member of (church, list most important civic groups.)
What types of photos and announcements
does Celebrations! contain?
Baby's first steps
Back to school
County fair entries
County fair ribbons
First day at school
Big fish catches
Going to high school
Little League and other leagues
New Year's celebrations
School presidents, student councils
Soldiers coming home.