Engagement Etiquette: Announcing The News

Hooray! The love of your life has finally popped the question! This is undoubtedly one of the most exhilarating, happy tears-inducing moments of your life. With this being such an enormous moment, you probably want to share the news with the world. However, there are a few big things to keep in mind, such as the feelings of your family and loved ones. Try to take a deep breath and take it one step at a time. As with most things wedding related, there are just a few etiquette rules you should follow when announcing your engagement:

1. Bask in the moment! Take some time to enjoy your engagement (and that new rock on your finger) with your significant other. This is one of the biggest moments of your life, so take some time to process it all and bask in the excitement of the moment! You will have plenty of time to announce the news to the world and receive a flood of congratulations - wedding questions - later.

2. Tell your parents and/or close family first. Preferably, do this in person or with a phone or video call. If your parents weren't present for the big question, make sure they're the first ones to know. The most important people in your life deserve more than a quick text or mass email to find out about your engagement. This is especially important if your parents or family will be expected to help pay for the wedding. Not only will you want them to be the first ones to know, but you may also want to talk through some important wedding planning basics before fielding what feels like a million wedding detail questions from your friends.

3. Call or text your besties. Your best friends are practically your family too, so let them share in this wonderful news in a more personal way as well. You may not have a clue of who you want to ask to be in your bridal party this early on, but you may want to tell the likely candidates your big proposal news yourself. Keep in mind that if your BFF who thinks she may be in your bridal party someday finds out about the engagement by seeing your life moment update on Facebook, you may hurt her feelings. Try to follow the golden rule: if you would be hurt if one of your closest friends didn't tell you about their big life change, consider telling them before the announcement blast.

4. Scream it from the rooftops! Now that all your most important peeps know about the big news, you can post that #ringselfie all over your social media! Just be prepared for the flood of wedding related questions you'll receive from friends, family, and even strangers who find out you're engaged (also beware of the "when are you going to start having kids" questions - you won't believe how many times you may be asked!). If you asked parents or family to keep the news quiet, this is a good time to tell them to announce the news too! They'll surely want to spread the good news to their friends and other family members.

Did you follow these guidelines when announcing your engagement? We would love to hear about your proposal stories! Tell us all about it in the comments below.

Happy Planning!