Cheers! You’ve just said yes to that one little questions you’ve been waiting on for who knows how long. It’s time to pop the champagne and celebrate with your friends and family. I’m sure you can’t wait to share the news with everyone you encounter and I bet your friends and family want to do the same. But, there are a few dos and don’ts of announcing your engagement. Before shouting it from the rooftops, you’ll want to follow these simple rules below.

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If you’re the newly-gaged

  1. Do call, yes on the phone, close friends and family first. You don’t have call everyone but just those that are most important to you.
  2. Do text everyone else. The general rule I use is that if you wouldn’t want to find out about their engagement from someone else or through social media then they don’t want to find out about yours that way.
  3. Don’t share online until you’ve heard back from everyone. Just because you left a voicemail or sent a text doesn’t necessarily mean that persons listened to or heard it. Once you’ve heard back from everyone, it’s okay to post.
  4. Do tell people if you want them to keep the news underwraps. You may not want to post the news for the world to see and that’s okay. If you prefer to keep it off social media, ask friends and family to respect that and refrain from posting.

If you’re a friend or family member

  1. Don’t share the news on social media until the happy couple does. You don’t know who they’ve shared the news with and who they haven’t. Sharing before them could ruin it for someone else.
  2. Don’t mention the engagement to others until the couple makes it public. This piggy backs on not posting on social media. But, let the couple bask in the moment and make it public when they’re ready – even if that takes a couple of days.
  3. Do wholeheartedly congratulate them. Be excited, regardless if you agree with the engagement or not. If someone you love is happy, you should be happy for them.
  4. Don’t post without the couple’s permission. If the couple doesn’t have social media or hasn’t posted anything themselves, ask before sharing.