Ok, you have the groom … check. You have the ring … check. Has he gotten down on one knee? Double check. Congratulations, you’re engaged! Now, before you run down the street screaming the name of the one you love at the top of your lungs, here are some more effective ways to announce your engagement to your friends and family.
If you’re looking to do something more traditional, you can send printed announcements to friends and family and/or publish an announcement in your local newspapers. These days, emails, phone calls, and social networks are acceptable ways of announcing your engagement. Formal announcements have been supplanted by save-the-date cards, which are more useful. If you are having a long engagement and want to send out announcements, send them only to people you plan to invite to the wedding.
Etiquette stipulates that announcements be sent by the parents of the bride. In the situation of no parents to assume the honor, it should be sent by someone other than the bride and groom if at all possible. That being said, rules are made to be broken! These days, some couples send out their own announcements. You can word announcements however you wish, but typically, wording is similar to what appears in a newspaper announcement. Announcements include information on the two of you, including career and education credentials (space permitting) as well as your parents’ names and places of residence. If your parents live in a different town, you should also include their hometowns. If you haven’t nailed down your wedding date, you can include something like, “A summer wedding is planned.”
At MODwedding.com, you can build your own personal wedding website and send online MODcards to friends and family to announce your engagement. You can include great photos with lots of fun facts, such as where you met, the proposal story, wedding details, and registry info. Here are a few great examples to get you started.