From baby gender reveals to new home ownership, the age of lavish announcement-making is alive and well. Via the age of social media and super trendy stationery (if we may say so ourselves!), couples have been inspired to document their own special journey in order to share the story with all of their family and friends.
In our opinion, announcing your wedding engagement takes top spot when it comes to the list of important statements to be made.
So, he popped the question, you said yes (YAY!), and now it’s time to announce your engagement to the world. First of all, congratulations on saying, “Yes!” Now if only shouting from the rooftop was a legitimate option for sharing the good news… If you’re looking for some ultra Instagrammable inspiration ways to announce your engagement, we’re here to provide some of the best low key – but totally high profile – ways to do so.
Ultimate Ways to Announce Your Engagement
The Classic Photo Shoot
You can never go wrong with a traditional and timeless photo shoot when it comes to announcing your engagement. Hold your hubby-to-be close and smile for the camera; then print the photo onto a beautiful engagement card or save the date sentiment. Family and friends everywhere will love the gorgeous photos. Don’t forget to show off your new bling!
No Pictures, Please!
If you’re looking for a sweet and simple way to announce your engagement sans the lovey-dovey photoshoot, send out a classic stationery announcement that expresses your love – possibly including a romantic song lyric or poem that has meaning to your relationship – and make a note that more detailed wedding information will be to follow.
If you’re planning on posting something on social media to announce your engagement, spend the time to think through the post, making it unique and personal to you and your fiancé. Share the story of how the question was popped and the emotions behind your response. Plan to share the news on social media during a time that you can take in all of the comments and messages in doses—that way you won’t be overwhelmed with tons of congratulatory comments, messages, and people already reaching out and offering unwarranted wedding advice.
And While We’re at It…
Once the wedding news is on the web and you’ve spread your engagement bliss on social media, you may want to spend a few days detached from Insta and Facebook so that you don’t get pulled into that spiral of comments and suggestions we mentioned. Instead, enjoy the quiet time with your brand new fiancé!
To avoid the drama that comes with posting about your engagement online, you might decide to tell people only in real life or through phone calls, and that’s it. That way, you don’t have a ton of semi-friends, but mostly acquaintances, knowing about your engagement.
Share the News Face-to-Face
Even if you veer from wedding engagement announcement tradition, you should tell your parents first and in person possible. Not only is this the most respectful route (and you’ll want to start your marriage off on the right foot with both sides!), but it’s also more fun to see Mom and Dad’s full reactions.
If this is a second marriage for either party and there are children from the first marriage, they should be the first to hear the news. Then move on to parents, immediate family—particularly siblings and grandparents—and closest friends.
A quick, budget-friendly, and easy way to announce your impending nuptials is to draft an e-nouncement (email).
If you have out-of-town friends with whom you usually communicate via email, then it’s perfectly acceptable to announce your engagement to them this way. Keep in mind, though, that some people prefer to hear big news over the phone, so if there is even the slightest possibility that someone you know will be offended, put him or her on your “to-call” list.
Capture the Moment
If your fiancé is super slick and had a photog hidden and ready to capture the moment he asked the question, why not share that bliss with the world?! Create a video of the moment and upload a shareable YouTube vid.
Or print out the perfect pic that captures your awe, surprise, and true love. Share that moment – with or without words – and everyone will get the message that it’s time to celebrate!
Get the Party Started!
If you prefer to tell friends and family all at once, an engagement party is a great way to go. Many times, a couple’s parents or close friends will host the event where the couple announces their special news to extended family and their closest friends.
Some keep the reason for the party a secret, and announce the engagement during a toast at the beginning of the evening. Others send out custom invitations with the cause for the celebration detailed on the cards.
If throwing an engagement party in disguise, think of a convincing cover-up for the gathering, such as a Christmas fête, Super Bowl party, or a casual summer barbecue. And keep in mind: A guest at your engagement party might expect an invitation to your wedding, so plan this first guest list wisely.
Make it Black & White
Though your news will travel quickly by word of mouth, newspaper engagement announcements are a charming way to ensure that more distant acquaintances—old classmates, past teachers, your first babysitter—won’t be left out. Most newspapers have a space where couples can announce their engagement (sometimes for free and sometimes for a fee).
Newspapers require the information as early as four months before the wedding, so contact the paper by phone or check its website as soon as possible for guidelines as to the length and content of the announcement, possible price, who writes it (you or the paper’s editor), whether photos are permitted, and so on.
Because the staff usually won’t know the exact date the announcement will run, you should count on checking the paper each day to find it!
Go At Your Own Pace
Remember that you’re entitled to make your wedding engagement announcement as little or as lavish ad you’d like. There will most likely be a sufficient amount of drama (the best kind possible) surrounding the wedding planning and all of the events leading up to your special day, so your wedding engagement announcement should totally be the least dramatic piece possible.
Congrats on becoming a future Mrs. Xoxo!