Call Celebrations! at:
419-422-5151 or email:
What types of photos and announcements
does Celebrations! contain?
- Athletic achievements
- Baby’s first steps
- Back to school
- College acceptances
- County fair entries
- County fair ribbons
- Dean’s lists
- Grad School
- Easter clothes
- Family reunions
- First communions
- First day at school
- Five generations
- Big fish catches
- Four generations
- Fun events
- Going to high school
- Halloween costumes
- Hunting trophies
- Job promotions
- Little League and other leagues
- New Year’s celebrations
- School clubs
- School plays
- School presidents, student councils
- Soldiers coming home.
- Sports teams
- Team photos
- Thank yous
- Three generations
- Valentine’s Day
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. Here’s some helpful information.
First, you’ll 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 “Celebrations!,” 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 it’s in good taste. (That’s 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 markedCelebrations!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!. It’s first-come, first-served.
Want more impact?
Put your announcement and photo on the cover of the print and online editions. It’s first-come, first-served. Ask us.
Poems and copyrighted photos must include the author’s 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.
- Engagement: Jane Smith, of Findlay, and John Doe, of Philadelphia, plan to marry Sept. 14 at St. Peter’s 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-be’s name) of (hometown,) and (groom-to-be’s name) of (hometown,) are engaged and planning a (date) wedding at (church, home, etc.)
She is the daughter of (parents’ names) of (hometown.) She is a (year) graduate of (school) and is (profession) in (town, state if necessary.)
He is the son of (parents’ 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 Lowe’s 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:
(Bride’s maiden name) and (groom’s name), both of (hometown), were married (date) at (name of church or place) in (city). (Optional: Minister’s 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:
Harold and Imagene McClelland, of rural Bloomdale, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this month.
McClelland and the former Imagene Purkey were married April 12, 1959, at Rehoboth United Methodist Church, rural Fostoria, by the Rev. Robert Hoover.
The couple’s children are Rick McClelland of Bloomdale, Lori McCaughey of Bolivar, and the late Randy McClelland of Fairview. They have two grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
McClelland retired from Union Carbide Corp and Mrs. McClelland retired from Ohio Farmers. They are members of Trinity United Methodist Church, Bloomdale.
The couple will celebrate with a family dinner.
Or, here is an example of a basic anniversary announcement in a fill-in-the-blanks format:
(Couple’s 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 couple’s 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:
Kermit Crosser, of Findlay, celebrated his 90th birthday at a surprise dinner party at Walter Pepper’s restaurant.
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 Arlington; and Karol Turner, of Mansfield. He also has 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
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.
Or, here is an example of a basic birthday announcement in a fill-in-the-blanks format:
(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 (spouse’s 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.)
There are several ways to submit your Celebrations! announcement and photo to The Courier. You can pick up a handy form at The Courier, 701 W. Sandusky St., you can download a PDF form below (which you can drop off or mail to The Courier), or (for weddings, engagements and only) you can submit your event online using one of the forms below.
Note: All announcements and photos must be received by The Courier by 3 pm on the Wednesday prior to the publication date.
- Engagements (online form – note: after submitting online forms you will be contacted by phone for payment.)
- Engagements (PDF form)
- Weddings (online form – note: after submitting online forms you will be contacted by phone for payment.)
- Weddings (PDF form)
- Anniversaries (online form – note: after submitting online forms you will be contacted by phone for payment.)
- Anniversaries (PDF form)
- Other Occasions (PDF form)
Note: Use the ‘Other Occasions’ form for birthdays, retirements, team photos, thank-yous, reunions, fun photos, memorials, etc.