Source: Martha Stewart Weddings
You said “yes!”—and now it’s time to Instagram a ring selfie to let all of your friends (er, followers) know you’re officially engaged, right? Not so fast! Before you start spreading the news over social media or freaking out over wedding-planning checklists, here’s what you need to do first.
Before you tell your family and friends, take a moment with your newly minted fiancé! Head to your favorite bar for a glass of Champagne, or if your partner thought ahead, pop that bottle of bubbly he brought along in anticipation of a “yes!” You’ll get caught up in wedding planning soon, so savor this time before you let everyone else in on your good news.
You may want to let people in on your engagement as soon as the ring is slipped on your finger. Or you might want to keep the moment private a bit longer. However, you share the information, even if you veer from tradition, you should tell your parents first (preferably in person, if not a phone call works—but no text messages!) then other family and friends. If you’re overseas on vacation when you get engaged and want to share the news before you get home, try to find Wi-Fi so you can Facetime to share the news. Only after you’ve told everyone closest to you is it okay to post that ring selfie on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and every other social media platform that may exist. #ISaidYes.
Before you jump into wedding planning, throw a surprise engagement party if you prefer to announce your news to friends and family all at once. Or, if the news has already been announced, many times a couple’s parents or close friends will host the event. If throwing an engagement party in disguise, think of a convincing cover-up, such as a Christmas or Super Bowl gathering, or a casual dinner party. And keep in mind: Everyone who is invited to your engagement party should also be invited to the wedding, so plan this first guest list wisely.
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