Announcing your engagement is an important step in planning you wedding. Do you need ideas on how to announce your engagement? There are many different ways that you can announce your engagement. You may only choose one or choose many different methods. You should start by letting the people closest to you know first, from you, preferably in person. After you told the most important people in your life you will have to move on to telling everyone else.
One simple method is announcing your engagement at a party. This way you
can announce it to numerous people at once without having your own
engagement party where your guests feel compelled to bring gifts. Make
sure that there is no one at the party who you are not going to invite
to the wedding. Also make sure it is not a party for someone else,
something that you would upstage by announcing your engagement. Do not
announce when at someone elses graduation or birthday party. A party
like that is for that particular person and you should not divert the
attention to yourself.
Another common way to announce your engagement is by submitting an
announcement to your local newspaper. To start you will need to contact
the paper and see what their requirements are. They may have specific requirements in wording, timelines for publication and photo requirements
such as a size of the photo, the quality and the color (it may be
required to be in black and white). If your newspaper has more general requirements you should make sure to include pertinent information such as the upcoming bride and grooms name, education and career as well as the parents names. If the parents
or the bride and groom are from a different area the hometown may be
included as well. Since an engagement announcement occurs soon after the
engagement it is not necessary to include the date of the wedding.
A more traditional way to announce the engagement is through engagement announcements sent through the mail. Sending announcements is a nice touch and for some people they want to do everything they can do when planning a wedding. If formal engagement announcements are used there are some things to remember. For instance this is an added expense so if your budget is tight you may choose to announce your engagement in a different way. Also sending formal announcements pretty much forces you to have a completed wedding invitation list at an early stage. Everyone who will be invited to the wedding should be sent an announcement and if they are not but later invited to the wedding they may feel slighted, wondering why they did not get an announcement in the beginning and if their wedding invitation is an afterthought.
Announcing your engagement does not have to be a traditional, boring activity. Are you looking for some fun ways to announce your engagement? There are some more cutting edge ways to announce your engagement. You can sign up with a wedding site service which allows you to announce your engagement on the web and then send the link in an email to your guests. You can also do it yourself, making a website in todays society is not difficult, there are many different providers that offer free or cheap websites with simple building tools where you just need to be able to do computer basics such as typing or attaching photos. You can use your site to inform people of the initial engagement and keep them up to date throughout the wedding planning process.
Announcing your engagement is one of the first steps of wedding planning. There are certainly many ways to do this and you may even choose several but remember that however you do tell your friends and family it is your choice. You do not have to announce in anyway that makes you feel uncomfortable or is not financially possible. For instance, do not let people pressure you into having an engagement party if you are not ready to be the center of attention. If you don't have the money for beautiful but ultra expensive formal engagement announcements than don't send them. You can always find another way to tell those you love about your upcoming wedding. Getting engaged is a wonderful time, just do not forget to find a fabulous (or many fabulous) ways to tell everyone!