There’s no single right way to announce you’re engaged, but there’s many ways NOT to announce that you’re a bride-to-be. So, if you want to avoid a social faux pas or some seriously awkward responses, here are the six ways NOT to announce your engagement.
1. At Someone Else’s Party
Whether it’s at a birthday soiree, a bridal shower, or even another engagement party, you should never make an announcement that would draw attention away from your host. Despite other party goers being excited about your engagement announcement it’s considered extremely rude to draw the limelight away from someone else’s big day.
2. Before He Proposes
Because… obviously! If you’ve stumbled upon an engagement ring hidden in his closet, or a receipt for the ring in the bin, keep your lips sealed at all costs. Prematurely announcing the engagement could not only scare your future fiancé, but also seriously disappointment him.
3. During a Serious Event
Announcing your engagement at a company meeting or even a funeral is wrong on so many levels. If the mood is serious or nostalgic, then it’s not the right time to be announcing your happy news.
4. Bragging rights
For example, if you and a friend have finally managed to catch up over coffee and she reveals that she’s getting engaged soon, it’s not a great time to brag about your own proposal. Feel free to talk about your engagement, but watch what you say – you don’t want to offend or upset her!
5. After Bad News
The best thing about announcing the big news is seeing the excitement and joy on your family’s face, so make sure you time the big speech correctly. If there has just been some heartbreaking family news announced, it might be a good idea to hold off, even just for a week.
6. On Social Media
It’s good etiquette to let your family and close friends know about the engagement BEFORE you post a pic or video on Facebook. You’d hate for the world to know about your upcoming wedding before people like your grandparents or parents know!
Images from Bethany Olsen