Well one of you asked and one of you said yes, OR, you both made a joint decision and it just evolved.

Either way you are now an engaged couple – Congratulations.

What could be better and more exciting.

Now it is time to announce to everyone that you are engaged, show off that stunning ring and enjoy the moment and then comes the planning…and a lot of it.  But don’t worry it will be fun and we will guide you through the process.

Oh and yes, you can scream it from the rooftop, just don’t get to close to the edge.

Traditions have changed over times.  There was a time when it was “the done thing” to ask the father of the bride for permission prior to asking your partner.  However, a lot of the more formal procedures have been replaced over time and it really does depend on your relationship with your partners family.

Keep in mind it is also shows consideration and will ensure that you start your married life in good standing with your partners family.

Traditionally the bride’s family is informed of the engagement first, followed by your partner’s family.

There are of course no set rules of who should be told and when, however, the below is a good indication for you, to ensure you don’t forget anyone.

Who do we share our engagements news with? 

It is entirely up to you who you share your news with, however, below is a list which will ensure you don’t forget anyone.

  • Brides Parents
  • Partners Parents
  • Children from your partnership
  • Children from a previous partnership
  • Grandparents
  • Extended Family
  • Close Friends
  • Acquaintances
  • Co-workers
  • Social Media Friends

How to announce your engagement.

The most important thing is to notify people quickly that you are now engaged.  You don’t want close family finding out via social media before you have told them yourselves.

There are a number of ways to announce it:

  • In person –recommended when notifying the parents of the engaged couple and also, any children you have together of from a previous relationship
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Have a close friend or family member notify extended family
  • Video calls, ie Skype
  • Social Media
  • Host a surprise engagement party and tell everyone
  • Put a notice in the local newspaper. This has of course been replaced with social media and email, however, it is also a good way to notify people if you have moved and want to advise people from your previous location.

If the parents of the engaged couple have not yet met then it is a good idea to have a lunch or dinner together to enable them to become acquainted.

The earlier you tell immediate family (parents, sisters, brothers and children) the easier it will be for them to enjoy your happiness rather than hearing it through the grapevine which is social media.

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