Clever Life Announcements: What do you think?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: What do you think about clever announcements for engagements, babies, etc?
    Awesome! I think it's sweet and sentimental! : (6 votes)
    14 %
    It's great, just don't bombard me with too many. Not every event needs a clever announcement. : (16 votes)
    38 %
    I roll my eyes internally but smile. I'd rather hear directly. : (12 votes)
    29 %
    I'd shoot you with mind lasers. I mean, how self-centered can you be? : (7 votes)
    17 %
    Why would they even tell me about their engagement/house/baby? I do not care. : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I love clever baby/engagement announcements!

    Buying a house or graduating from college seem a little strange to send announcements for, but only because people generally know that you’re in college or buying a house.

    Post # 4
    9412 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @Mrs.LemonDrop:  I’m all for family get together. Sharing news at an event is great but an event just to share news? I’m not exactly waiting with bated breath to discover a gender or wedding date. I think it’s a bit over the top to have an event dedicated to that. Using an existing event where everyone is already gathered is reasonable to me though. 

    ETA: I think I misunderstood the OP. I don’t think fancy announcements are needed for general life accomplishments that essentially everyone I know makes. 

    Post # 5
    15016 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I love fun baby and engagement announcements. If I’m privileged enough to be in that small circle I’m going to love them! Now if they do it to a broader group, which ive gotten, then I’m going to think they’re  being overly dramatic. Home buying, meh, I would find a big announcement strange. I understand the excitement of it, obviously, but a fancy announcement is just over the top, imo.

    Post # 6
    5392 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @Mrs.LemonDrop:  Honestly, I find them attention-seeking and self-centred, and massively dislike them.

    What, exactly, is wrong with just telling someone when you see them, or, if you don’t see them that often, picking up the telephone and telling them? Why does everything have to be ‘creative’? Why do you need some big ‘fun’ gesture?

    You’re having a baby? Great! I don’t need you to tell me by sending me a ‘cute’ outfit. You’ve bought a house? Awesome! You can just tell me when you see me, I don’t need a key in a box.

    These types of getsures make me cringe, and instantly make me think that the person in question is very attention-seeking. I am SO thankful that I don’t know anyone like this IRL.

    Post # 7
    6969 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I don’t mind things like a picture of a toddler with a “Big Brother” shirt posted on facebook or something…but the whole posed professional photography stuff for an announcement is a bit much for me.

    Post # 9
    7630 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I’m ok with it as long as it’s a small, close group of people and not overused. One of the comments reminded me of my own experiences where I awkwardly tried to figure out something based on a present. The comment was talking about parents getting her brother a car. What if he guessed it was a Lexus or something and he got an old Ford? He would have been happier from the start if he just found out about the Ford. It can put an uncomfortable amount of pressure on the receiver. 

    Post # 10
    2649 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    @Mrs.LemonDrop:  I’m with the husband and negative commenters. 

    All these grand gestures are so self-involved, attention seeking and narcissistic. Big news for you as a person or couple is just pleasant, ordinary news for everyone else. Yes, people are happy and excited for you but expecting them to treat the news of your pregnancy like it’s the second coming is a tad much. As is asking people to come stand around, pretending not to be bored and annoyed while you cut into a cake with a pink or blue interior and then fake gasps of utter amazement that you’re having either a boy or a girl – I mean, who sees that coming? 


    Post # 11
    3623 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @Mrs.LemonDrop:  I agree that creative gestures in front of other people put the expectation that you perform.  I think the key gesture was cute if the parents knew they were looking for a house. Otherwise it is out of the blue and my parents would need to process the financial side first. Similarly,  if it wasn’t known that babies were desired in the near future,  the surprise might not get the reaction they wanted.

    Post # 12
    6632 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @barbie86:  +1

    Sorry I find them rather attention seeking, look at me I am all a special snowflake because I can reproduce, get married deal.  Millions of people get married and have babies all the time.  Including myself on both.

    Post # 13
    845 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    @Mrs.LemonDrop:  My FSIL and FBIL gave their parents all something related to being a grandparent – i.e. a mug, a bib, etc. when they announced their pregnancy. I think that is so fun and I would totally do the same thing! I think gender reveal parties are a bit over the top… but also kinda fun. I don’t really take offense to these things.

    Post # 15
    804 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @Mrs.LemonDrop:  I’m fine with it as long as the audience enjoys the experience.  In the letter’s case, the audience (husband + her in laws) are uncomfortable, so she should avoid making anouncements that way to them, and her husband should be honest with her about their reactions.  I would be horribly embarrassed if I had been working really hard to delight my in laws and it turns out I had been making them uncomfortable.  Maybe she can focus her efforts on cute stuff for her own family or friends, or after the big news is told.

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