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When Do You Announce Your Engagement to Family and Friends?

Historically, as soon as a couple became engaged the parents of the bride-to-be were told the happy news and then immediately following, the parents of the groom-to-be were told. Once both sets of parents knew a general announcement was then issued to all family members and the closest friends of both parties. Often people were notified by way of a letter mailed to them directly. It was customary for all letters to be mailed at the same time so all would be received at the same time and no one would feel left out. Relatives and close friends were always told of the engagement before a formal announcement was placed in the newspaper. It was a rule that engagements were never announced at weddings.

Most women today are so excited once they become engaged that they cannot wait to tell everyone they know as soon as possible. It is still common practice for the woman’s parents to hear the news first and this usually happens within days of the marriage proposal being accepted. In some cases if the groom’s parents live closer to the couple they might be told first or in some instances both sets of parents find out the happy news at the same time. It is good form to always notify the parents first because they will be most affected by the blending of the two families and will not take kindly to not being told right away.

Once the bride and groom’s parents have been told then it is time to let the rest of the immediate family know, which means brothers and sisters. After that then move onto other relatives such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Close friends should be told once the family has been informed.

Once you know which order to tell people in you need to figure out how to tell them. The best way to do so is in person with both the bride and groom present. If this is not possible then a pleasant phone call announcing the news is perfectly acceptable. For relatives who are not a part of the immediate family or ones you do not see on a regular basis there is nothing wrong with sending an announcement through e-mail or even a written engagement card announcing your joyful news.

Many people choose to tell family and close friends at a party or family get together and this is totally acceptable as well, provided both the bride and groom are present to do the announcing. Dinner parties or barbecues are common social gathering for engagements to be announced. The parents of the bride often throw these soirees but it is becoming more and more common for the bride and groom to host their own parties in order to let loved ones and friends know of the upcoming nuptials! Many people then choose to place an announcement in their local newspaper but this is not a prerequisite for getting married.

When Do You Announce Your Engagement to Family and Friends?

Back in history as soon as a couple became engaged the parents of the bride-to-be were told the happy news and then immediately following, the parents of the groom-to-be were told. Once both sets of parents knew a general announcement was then issued to all family members and the closest friends of both parties. Often people were notified by way of a letter mailed to them directly. It was customary for all letters to be mailed at the same time so all would be received at the same time and no one would feel left out. Relatives and close friends were always told of the engagement before a formal announcement was placed in the newspaper. It was a rule that engagements were never announced at weddings.

Most women today are so excited once they become engaged that they cannot wait to tell everyone they know as soon as possible. It is still common practice for the woman’s parents to hear the news first and this usually happens within days of the marriage proposal being accepted. In some cases if the groom’s parents live closer to the couple they might be told first or in some instances both sets of parents find out the happy news at the same time. It is good form to always notify the parents first because they will be most affected by the blending of the two families and will not take kindly to not being told right away.

Once the bride and groom’s parents have been told then it is time to let the rest of the immediate family know, which means brothers and sisters. After that then move onto other relatives such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Close friends should be told once the family has been informed.

Once you know which order to tell people in you need to figure out how to tell them. The best way to do so is in person with both the bride and groom present. If this is not possible then a pleasant phone call announcing the news is perfectly acceptable. For relatives who are not a part of the immediate family or ones you do not see on a regular basis there is nothing wrong with sending an announcement through e-mail or even a written engagement card announcing your joyful news.

Many people choose to tell family and close friends at a party or family get together and this is totally acceptable as well, provided both the bride and groom are present to do the announcing. Dinner parties or barbecues are common social gathering for engagements to be announced. The parents of the bride often throw these soirees but it is becoming more and more common for the bride and groom to host their own parties in order to let loved ones and friends know of the upcoming nuptials! Many people then choose to place an announcement in their local newspaper but this is not a prerequisite for getting married.

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