Welcome back, Wedding Wednesday friends! I hope you enjoyed last week’s post on the proposal. I know I loved writing it for all of you!
Which brings us to this week’s wedding post.
Getting engaged can bring a thousand different emotions: happiness, anxiety, excitement, stress, even fear. It can be difficult to know what to do first.
“Once parents and children have been told the news – and not before – the happy bride and groom will want to share their engagement plans with other relatives and friends. They can do so by making telephone calls, writing notes, or…sending emails. Or they might wait and surprise everyone with an announcement at an engagement party. Regardless, there are certain people other than parents and children who should hear the news first, who would be hurt to read of the engagement in the newspaper or hear of it from someone other than the couple. These include grandparents, siblings, favorite aunts and uncles, and close friends. Always include them as special people in the know before the rest of the immediate world finds out.”
While Emily Post says that “it is inappropriate to send printed engagement announcements,” sending a Save the Date or other type of announcement is relatively popular and considered appropriate at this day in age.
Printed engagement announcements are a great way to let everyone know about the engagement before you’ve set a date and location for the wedding.
“When: Most newspaper engagement announcements appear approximately two to three months before the wedding day, even if wedding plans have not been firmed up. But there are really no hard-and-fast rules: an announcement may appear up to a year before the wedding date or as little as a week before…
Who: The announcement of the engagement is generally made by the bride’s parents or her immediate family, often using a standard form provided by the newspaper…The bride’s parents should ask the groom’s parents if they would like the announcement to appear in their hometown papers as well. If so, they can send it to those papers at the same time that they send it to their own.”
However you decide to announce your engagement, here is a good tip:
Here are some additional resources for you regarding announcing your engagement:
A very traditional look at the newspaper announcement.
And, some more common sense advice.
I forgot to mention this last week, but you are welcome to link up any wedding related post! You definitely don’t need to follow the topic that I post here on the blog.