Begin writing the announcement. Start with the essential information. For example: "John and Mary Smith of Warren, Michigan, are celebrating their 25th anniversary on November 14, 20--." Write details of their wedding. "They were married on Nov. 14, 198- at St. Edmund Catholic Church, Warren." List children and their current hometowns, putting their spouses' names in parentheses: "Mr. and Mrs. Smith have four children: John (Jane) Smith of Sterling Heights, Patricia (Joseph) McMurray of Dayton, OH, Theresa Smith of Warren and the late Michael Smith." List grandchildren's names, grouping them by family: "They have three grandchildren: Jessica and Joshua Smith and Jill McMurray." Briefly describe anything notable about the couple's life together: "Mr. and Mrs. Smith are lifelong residents of Warren and are enjoying their retirement years together by traveling around the state in their motor home." List details of the celebration: "John and Jane Smith invite friends and family to attend a reception for the couple at Penna's of Sterling Heights, 38400 Van Dyke on Nov. 14 from Noon to 3 p.m. In lieu of gifts, the couple requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society in honor of Mary's successful bout against breast cancer." If the celebration has already taken place, list notable attendees: "John and Mary appreciated the reception hosted by their children at Penna's of Sterling Heights and attended by about 50 people, most notably the bride's sister, Susan, who made a surprise visit from her home in Anchorage, AK."
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