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A Guide for Announcing Your Wedding Engagement

About 2 year(s) ago by Allegretto Vineyard Resort by Ayres

An engagement is undoubtedly one of the most exciting shared moments in a couple’s life. Once you reach this wonderful stage in your relationship, you will want to share the news with your family, friends, and probably the entire world. To help you with the etiquette of announcing your engagement, below are some guidelines to follow.

Who To Tell About Your Engagement First

Begin by sharing you engagement with those closest to you. For instance, if you have children they should be the first to know, and ideally, you would have prepared them for this possibility in advance. If there are no children in the picture, typically, the bride's parents are told first, then the groom's immediately afterward. If possible, try to announce the news together in person, but if distance is a problem, then a phone call will suffice. Next, you should tell your grandparents, siblings, and any other close relatives. After you have informed your family of your wonderful news, you can begin contacting your close friends.

When to Make your Engagement Public

Decide if you want to mail announcements to your friends and family, publish an announcement in your local newspaper, or announce it as a surprise at an engagement party.

Publish an Announcement in Your Local Newspaper: inquire about any guidelines, deadlines, fees, or regulations about announcements. Also ask if they accept pictures, and if so, as if the pictures must be black and white or in color. Typically, announcements include information on the two of you, including career and education credentials, and your parents' names.

  • Announce Your Engagement at a Party: this is a fun way to experience everyone’s reaction about your exciting news.

  • Create a Wedding Website: many companies offer easy-to-create personal websites that will help you keep guests updated on the details of your wedding. Once you've created a site, you can send an email letting friends and family know the URL. This is a very informal way to announce your engagement, and has many of the same limitations that a printed announcement does, plus the added disadvantage that it will omit guests who do not use the internet. If you create a wedding website, you also announce it in a more traditional way.

  • Mailing Formal Engagement Announcements: this is a very traditional way of announcing your engagement, but you should ensure that anyone who receives an engagement announcement will also be invited to the wedding. You can word them however you wish, but typically wording is like what appears in a newspaper announcement.

With these tips in mind, you will be able to successfully announce your good news with all those closest to you!

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