Announcing Your Engagement

How To Announce Your Engagement

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. 

Announcing Your engagement - having an engagement party

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. 

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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 else’s graduation or birthday party. A party like that is for that particular person and you should not divert the attention to yourself.

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announcing your engagement - using a newspaper announcement

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). 

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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 parent’s 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.

announcing your engagement - using traditional engagement announcements

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.

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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. 

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You can also do it yourself, making a website in today’s 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.

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Go Modern. Not really into any of the traditional methods? Do something a little more modern. Write a blog post and send the link to everyone you love! Or post on social media. Post the announcement on all of your social media accounts at the same time so anyone who only follows you on one social media account will see the same thing as someone who follows you on all of them. You can do something simple or something cute, it is all up to you!

You could simply change your status from in a relationship to engaged. You could send out a tweet with hashtags like #engaged #fiance #bridetobe #futuremrs.

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You could have a fun photo shoot and post the pics. It could be as simple as a loving or romantic photo of the two of you together with the caption of your engagement. Or you could be cute and creative. Take a photo of the ring. Get props like mugs or tshirts that say things like I asked – I said yet. Wife, husband. Fiance. There are so many ways to do it. If you have children, human or the furbaby variety you can use them in the photos as well!

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So what makes you happy. It is your relationship, your engagement and your future marriage. Do what makes you happy! Don't let others pressure you into announcing your engagement in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable.

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.

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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!

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