Formal announcements (weddings, births, etc)

Hello pawb!

It’s been a while since I was on the forum, but I was hoping someone could help me out.

My now-husband and I eloped earlier this month in the US, and we are planning to send out bilingual announcement cards (even to my US family, surprising unsuspecting Americans with Welsh is one of my favorite passtimes. :grin: )

He is from Pwllheli, and I have only ever spoken (and texted) informal northern Cymraeg with everyone I’ve met up there. Most wedding announcements/invitations I’ve seen in the US use very formal English, and I wonder what y’all think about using formal vs informal, “standard” southern vs our authentic northern dialect.

The English part will say something very close to: “Charles & Shaun were married the 1st of December, 2021 in a small ceremony with all of you in our hearts.”
The Cymraeg I’ve come up with (but have not run by any native speakers yet) is: “Charles & Shaun wedi priodi mewn seremoni fach ar y 1af Rhagfyr 2021 efo phob un ohonoch chi yn ein calonnau.”

Is it completely unheard of to use “efo” in a written, formal announcement? Should I go with “gyda” instead even though nobody we’ll send this to uses that word? I should mention that my husband is very, very gog and he often pokes fun at me when I use a “southy” word without realizing it, and I’ve even taking to using some on purpose to poke fun right back at him :smile:

Please feel free to be as pedantic as possible! I know that there is no “right” way to speak Welsh but I am curious as to the norms and customs, and unfortunately most of my time in Wales has been covid time so I have not seen many formal invitations or announcements to model ours from.


I’ve said congratulations in reply to your post in another thread, but I’ll say it again - Llongyfarchiadau!

Technically gyda would be the one to use if you wanted 100% formality, but I don’t really see a problem in using efo if it feels more natural to both you and the recipients.
However, because you do want a bit of formality in this, I’d suggest using passive tense (a tense not commonly heard in speech except ‘formal’ speech such as news reports), so:

Priodwyd Charles a Shaun mewn seremoni fach ar 1af Rhagfyr 2021 efo phob un ohonoch chi yn ein calonnau.


We do get asked some lovely questions on this forum! Llongyfarchiadau Shaun a Charles! I remember you from earlier times, Shaun. Lovely to hear from you again!

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Hmm that’s a good point using the passive tense. Is there any equivalent of “just married” that I could include in the passive tense? For some reason my mom feels strongly about that being on the English side!

A diolch yn fawr iawn! :blush:

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Diolch yn fawr iawn! Lovely to hear from you as well :slight_smile:

“Just married” would be “Newydd priodi” or you could say “Newydd eu priodi” - maybe you could include that before the rest, almost like a heading:

NEWYDD EU PRIODI. Priodwyd Charles a Shaun mewn seremoni fach ar 1af Rhagfyr 2021 efo phob un ohonoch chi yn ein calonnau.


Perffaith! Diolch yn fawr iawn :blush: I’ll post it here once it’s finalized in case anyone wants to take inspiration!


Is there a way to announce being single and looking? Asking for a friend…:wink:
(Just kidding)