Announcing your engagement

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Make your engagement announcement special.

Becoming engaged is one of the most exciting moments of your life! And the first thing you'll want to do is share your news with friends and family. Here are a few fabulous ideas for announcing your engagement in a way they'll be sure to remember.

Tell Family First

It stands to reason that the first people you should tell are those closest to you, including your children, your parents, and other relatives. It may be tempting to call your best girlfriend and squeal that your future husband finally popped the question or your buddies to let them know you have a fiancé, but your family will appreciate the respect associated with being the first people to hear the news.

Although telephoning loved ones to tell them about your engagement is perfectly acceptable, when possible, a personal visit is best. When I got engaged, I was wearing a ring of my mother's. I stopped by my parents' house the morning after the all-important question was asked and gave my mother her ring telling her I didn't need it anymore. She was confused at first, which was followed by pure elation, and a thoroughly girly moment of checking out the bling. Although I was only 28, I was independent to a fault. I'm sure my mother thought I was going to end up an old spinster. Letting her know her little girl was finally going to walk down the aisle was a memorable moment, and it was tons of fun to see the happy—and relieved—look on her face.

Write a Newspaper Announcement

Letting the rest of the world know about your engagement is a little more complicated. The easiest way to share your news is to place an ad in your local newspaper. Call the advertising office and ask about prices, word count, and whether or not you can publish a picture. Then write a simple notification of the engagement. If you know your wedding date, mention it, and don't forget to pay homage to your parents or anyone else who might be hosting the wedding.

Hold a Party

Another exciting way to announce your engagement is to hold a party. Don't tell your guests what the gathering is for; simply hold a get-together and invite all your friends. Once the party is underway, ask for everyone's attention, and along with your fiancé, announce that your single days are over. Make sure you don't invite anyone to the party who won't be invited to the wedding.

Make a Formal Announcement

A formal announcement is a traditional way to announce your engagement. Take note that this route involves deciding upon your guest list early, which may be a source of stress later on. You cannot send a formal engagement announcement to someone who will not be invited to your festivities, so if you choose to announce your engagement in this manner, be sure you know exactly who you will and won't be inviting to your nuptials.

My girlfriend who got engaged in early December kept it a secret until Christmas Day. She placed a copy of the engagement announcement in the paper in her mother's gift. It made for a great surprise and added an extra special touch to the holiday festivities.

Share on the Web

One of the most innovative and exciting ways for the modern bride and groom to announce an engagement is to create a wedding Web site. Pictures of the future bride and groom can be put up along with information about your ceremony, your registry, or anything else you want to share with those who will view your page. If you don't have experience building Web pages, you can search the Web for a wedding site with user-friendly building tools and tons of choices and options to help you create a beautiful, personalized Web site of your own.

Announcing your engagement is one of the biggest thrills associated with your wedding. Make sure to do it in whatever way makes you feel comfortable, and don't forget the most important part—have fun!

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