As of Wednesday, February 6, 2019
I remember the years when couples proudly announced their engagements and weddings in the local newspaper.
The first year I was handed the responsibility of contacting all the happy couples for our annual Wedding Book section, I had nearly 100 phone numbers in hand as a result of those announcements.
I called each couple, inviting them to submit their two favorite wedding photos. Those couples could submit any photos from the ceremony, reception or honeymoon.
The task was enjoyable because I was giving them one more opportunity to showcase one of the most memorable moments in their lives.
The number of couples who now submit their announcements has dwindled throughout the years.
The couples have turned to social media to tell their community of friends and family of their happy union.
So, we at the Sunnyside Sun tried to let people in our community know we are still happy to share their celebration.
Engagements, weddings and anniversary announcements are still free.
The Wedding Book is still free for the couples, as well.
Letting the community, and those not on social media, know Jane Smith is now Jane Rodriguez or Van Winkle, or John Smith married a girl from Iowa is still important.
There are people who may not be friends with the happy couple on social media. Those people may have been the first-grade teacher who remembers a rambunctious but brilliant child, the former coaches or the grandmotherly person who sat in church with the bride or groom all those years ago.
In the Wedding Book there may also be photos of a former schoolmate who chose to get married the same year.
It’s just one more way to celebrate, if nothing else.
For this reporter, 2018 has a few people whose faces I haven’t seen in years, and I certainly celebrate your special day!