How to Announce an Engagement

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    • 1). Go see your parents if they're close enough. Being able to tell your parents in person and see their reactions is the best. The hugs, kisses and tears of joy are priceless memories you'll think of as the wedding planning process begins. If your parents live too far away, give them a phone call with both you and your soon-to-be spouse on the line. Make sure you have lots of time to talk and don't rush the conversation so both you and your parents can enjoy the moment.

    • 2). Call or meet up with your siblings if you have any. Best friends whom you consider just like brothers or sisters count as well because they are very important parts of your life and will likely be involved in the wedding. Then move on to grandparents. Again plan for a call or visit, whatever you can do as long as it is no longer than a day or two after you've broken the news to your parents. It's ideal to let everyone know on the same day, but this is not always feasible.

    • 3). Ask your grandparents or parents to filter the information to everyone else so all your aunts, uncles, friends and cousins will be notified. This cuts down on the calls you'll have to make.

    • 4). Go online to your local newspaper's web site and fill out an engagement notice form. Some newspapers charge a small fee for this (less than $10). You can put your engagement announcement in the paper along with a photo of the two of you to let your community know about your upcoming nuptials. This is fun because soon co-workers, neighbors and acquaintances or casual friends will begin to hear about your happy news.

    • 5). Set your date for the wedding. You can do this by securing your location and signing the necessary paperwork so you know your date is locked in. Have "save the date" cards or magnets made by a local or online printer. Send these to everyone you plan to invite. This way, everyone will know that you are engaged and will reserve the date on their calendar so they are sure to make it to celebrate your special day with you.

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