Engagement Announcement Etiquette: Everything You Need To Know

You just got engaged! You want the whole world to know, and you’re excited to share your engagement news with everyone. But now that you’re riding high on the engagement roller coaster, there are some things you should remember regarding etiquette for engagement announcements. Breaking your engagement news is a lot of fun. But before you do, how do you know you’re making your announcement in the best possible way? Check out this article for tips on sharing your engagement news through email, social media, and more!

Who Announces the Engagement?

The answer to this question depends on who you ask. Some people say it should be the woman’s parents, while others say the man’s parents should announce it. Others might even say that it should be both sets of parents. There is no definitive answer here. If you’re a couple who lives together and/or shares financial responsibilities, then you could be the ones to announce your engagement. Ultimately, who you choose to announce the engagement is up to you! 

How is the Engagement Announced?

The traditional method of announcing an engagement is by putting a notice in the newspaper, and this was once considered the only acceptable way to announce an engagement. If you go with this option, you will need to decide how soon after getting engaged you want to announce it and what day of the week would be best for your family, friends, and coworkers.

There are many other ways to announce an engagement besides an announcement in the newspaper. You can post on social media or send out invitations through email or text message if you want something more intimate and immediate. You could even host a small get-together with your closest friends and family to share the good news.

How Long Should You Wait to Tell Others?

The time between a proposal and an announcement depends on personal preference. When it comes to telling others about your engagement, the only thing that matters is what works for you. You should be the one who determines when and how much information you share with family members, friends, coworkers, and others. 

Whom Do You Need to Tell First?

It’s customary for couples to tell their parents first, followed by other family members and close friends. However, some people prefer to share the news with close friends before telling family members. If you’re unsure what’s best for you, ask your partner how they would like to proceed and follow suit. Engagement announcements are typically made during social gatherings such as parties or dinners with friends and family members. Your announcement will likely be made over dinner or dessert at the end of an event.

How Else Can You Share the News?

While some couples prefer to keep things traditional, there are plenty of other ways to share the good news. For instance, you can send out wedding invitations as a way to announce your engagement and build your guest list. The invitation can be as simple — or as elaborate — as you like. Some couples send them out via email, while others prefer postal service. Whatever method you choose, it’s important to remember that etiquette dictates that you should send them at least three months before your wedding date. If possible, send out your invitations eight months before the wedding date so that guests have plenty of time to plan their travel and make any necessary arrangements.

What If You Want to Keep Your Engagement a Secret for a While?

If you’d like to keep your engagement private while you plan the wedding, wait to send any invitations or put out feelers for photographers and wedding venues until after the announcement has been made public. Otherwise, people might get suspicious!

There are many ways to announce your engagement. Regardless of how you choose to announce your engagement, make sure it’s authentic for you and your partner. We hope that this guide has helped answer any questions you might have had about engagement etiquette. The best thing to remember is that there are no hard and fast rules surrounding how you should announce your engagement. All you have to do is what feels right for you!

It’s Time to Choose a Wedding Venue!

Are you getting engaged? Congratulations! But before you can start planning the big day, there are a few things you need to take care of first. One of those things is the location of your wedding—if you haven’t already found it, Westmount Country Club is ready to help. We are proud to have hosted so many memorable weddings over the years—and we’re excited to help make yours one of them! Contact us today to schedule a tour.

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