A wedding wouldn’t be a wedding without your friends and loved ones. So start spreading the news! It’s totally up to the couple to decide when and how to announce their engagement. You may want to shout it from the rooftops the moment you said, “Yes!” Or keep it a cherished secret until a certain time.
Wedding etiquette dictates that the couple should share the news with their immediate family first, and then on to their friends and distant relatives. In this digital age, it’s so easy to share the news with a click of the mouse, but it would be more appropriate and heartwarming to deliver the news personally. Let us count the ways:
This is the most convenient (although most impersonal) way to let people know you’re tying the knot. It can be as simple as sharing the news on your Facebook status, or as elaborate as shooting a video and uploading it on your own website. The downside is that not everyone knows their way to the internet, and people might prefer that you deliver such big news in person.
Make the rounds through the phone. This is a great way to get in touch with people you haven’t talked to in a long time. It saves you the hassle of going out of your way to meet up with your acquaintances, and it feels more personal than an email. Just make sure you have their latest contact details though, and to call back if you were unable to reach them the first time you call.
Have a Party!
Invite people out, and while you’re enjoying good food and music, flash everyone your ring! Just be careful of people you invite to this get-together, though. Everyone at your engagement party would naturally assume that they’re invited to the wedding, too.
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If you or your spouse-to-be is well-known in your locality, you might have to go the traditional route. Publish the news of your engagement in the paper–go local, statewide or national, it’s up to you. Make sure you mention the appearance to the invitees to your wedding.