Announcing an engagement is a momentous step in a couple’s life. The news will travel fast, so the essential consideration is not just how to disseminate it, but how to tell everyone at the right time.
Family should be prioritised, and the parents of both bride and groom should always be the first to hear of an engagement. News should be conveyed in person wherever possible or by telephone if not. The groom may already have sought permission from the bride’s father, so it may not come as such a surprise.
Spreading the News
Telephone calls to the rest of the immediate family and close friends will follow; a round-robin email or text announcing the news is fine for everyone else, but should ideally precede a social media announcement. The traditional practice of sending a card announcing the engagement is less common nowadays.
Following that, word may spread by the grapevine. Consideration should be given to relatives and friends – it’s best to avoid creating awkward situations by making as many calls as possible so people hear directly from the couple rather than by word-of-mouth.
The reaction to the news may take the couple by surprise as they are flung into a social whirlwind, with friends clamouring to spend quality time with them. The couple are likely to want to celebrate with as many people as possible and arranging an engagement party soon after the announcement, to which all friends can be invited, can be a good way of doing this.