You're engaged, and you can't wait to tell the world. Before you go blurting out the news, take a moment to think about the best way to do it, keeping traditional etiquette in mind.
Tell close family about your engagement before anybody else. According to Bridal Magazine, the bride's parents should be told first. It's always nice to do it in person, so you can see their response, exchange hugs and toast the occasion with a glass of bubbly. A phone call is the next best thing if they live too far away. Of course, the ever-changing face of the modern family means traditional etiquette often has to be modified. If you or your partner have children from a previous marriage, they should be told of the engagement before anybody else (even your parents). Bridal Magazine suggests that the parent tell their children on their own, as they may not react honestly if their future stepparent is present.
Reveal the news to your extended families and friends. This is the fun part, where you can really be creative and use your imagination. If you want to tell everyone at once for maximum impact, throw a party but don't tell them why. Depending on your budget and how much of a fuss you want to make, host a dinner party at home or hire a local venue. You could make a speech, thanking your guests for being there, and ask them to join you in a toast to celebrate your engagement. If you really want to make it memorable, re-enact the proposal in front of your loved ones. Or you could simply wait for someone to notice the engagement ring and enjoy your guests' reactions as the news spreads.
Use social media to share your news if you don't want a big fuss, or simply want to tell everyone as quickly and easily as possible. It's definitely easier than making hundreds of individual phone calls. Just change your relationship status to "engaged" on Facebook, or post a photograph of the new sparkly ring on Twitter. If you're really Web-savvy, you could even start a wedding blog, suggests the article "Engagement To-Dos: 4 Creative Ways to Announce Your Engagement," on The Knot. Share the link to your blog with your Facebook friends or Twitter followers and let them leave their congratulatory comments. A blog is a great way to keep guests updated on your wedding plans. Of course, don't forget about friends and relatives who don't use social media. For those people, a phone call or text message will have to do.
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