Revealing Your Engagement: The Do’s and Don’ts of “I do”
Congratulations on your engagement! Now that it’s official, you’re ready to share your news with the world. However, before you flaunt your ring on social media, follow engagement etiquette.
Whom to Tell
Your marriage announcement sets the stage for your wedding day and your future life with your hubby. Play it safe and share your good news with the people closest to you first. Yes, a wedding is all about you, but think about your family and friends’ feelings when considering when to share your news. Don’t tell your salon stylist about your upcoming nuptials before you tell your best friend that you’re tying the knot.
Tell your mom and your dad first. Unless you live across the country, tell them in person! Like you, they have been dreaming about this day for many years. Give them the chance to hear the news from your lips before you tell anyone else. Your new fiancé should tell his parents next. He may have already sought his parents’ advice when he was picking out engagement rings for you, but he should tell them the official news before he tells his buddies.
Finish off by telling your siblings, grandparents and closest friends. You start your marriage wedding preparations off to a good start when you share your goods news with the important people in your life before publically announcing your engagement or posting a picture of your ring on Facebook or Twitter.
Traditionally, many couples publically share their engagement by utilizing a printed announcement. In the newspaper or in a college alumni newsletter, place a classy picture and information about you and your fiancé. Send save the date cards to inform your wedding guests about your engagement and upcoming wedding.
You could also throw an engagement party. Invite family and close friends as a way to introduce everyone before the wedding. Many married couples fight about in-laws, so start your marriage out on a good footing by initiating a positive relationship between both sets of parents.
In the age of social media, you can’t ignore the Internet. After you’ve shared your good news with your family and close friends, send a Facebook or Twitter announcement to your followers. Additionally, consider sending engagement e-cards or posting a wedding website. An online announcement gives you a less personal outlet but more efficient way to share your new engagement.
Do’s and Don’ts
Be sensitive about the timing. Don’t announce your engagement at someone else’s party.
Do remain open to suggestions about photographers or caterers. Everyone will have an opinion, and you can be polite without taking everyone’s advice.
Above all, enjoy your engagement, a season filled with promise. Start it out by following engagement announcement etiquette and get ready for one of the best days of your life!
Jessica is interested weddings and event planning. She enjoys integrating her love of design and styling into memorable events for friends and family.