Post # 1
(e-reactions= engagement reactions)
Has anyone reacted to your engagement news with “It’s about time!” or something along those lines?
… What was your dainty response?
Feel free to add other reaction stories, as I’ve read lots of bizarre situations/comments & I’d love to hear how you delicately handled the situation.
Post # 3
DH was told “about time!” by one of our mutual friends, but it was all in jest since his friends all loved me and thought DH should have married me the day he first brought me to meet them.
Another of DH’s friends said something like, “You must be something special, littlemisst08, to have tamed the bachelor I knew!” I thought that was odd, figured she must have had a thing for him at one point in the past, and responsed with something like, “I sure am!”
Post # 4
I think MY response would to being proposed to would be “It’s about time” so I wouldn’t mind. It’s just people’s way of ribbing you because they know you belong together and want to see you happy.
Post # 5
@darlingbee: These comments weren’t made for us, we were a whirlwind couple…but if someone said that to me, I’d respond with something like this….
“Yes, isn’t it wonderful? I always told him, if you are not too long about it, I will wait for you all of my life!”
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2013 - Country Club
I just agreed. 🙂 Something along the lines of, “I know, but it was the perfect time!”
Post # 7
I got that type of response. I am in the “less is more” camp of responging. I just smiled politley and ignored it. I think that type of thing says more about the person saying it and the comment left hanging in the air by not really responding to it makes them look stupid.
Post # 8
I’ve heard this a hand full of times. I just laugh and say yep or I suppose so.
Post # 9
I had a lot of people say “FINALLY” or “it’s about time!” since DH and i had been together almost 8 years. I would kind of combat them by making a joke and saying something like, “I know this is unexpected…” or “It might seem like we’re rushing into this, but…”
I kind of hate any reaction exception, that’s wonderful or congratulations! I will never say “it’s about time” to anyone!
Post # 10
I’ve heard this…and I responded “YES I AGREE, WHAT TOOK HIM SO F***ING LONG?!” lol, so I guess I’m not what you’re looking for
Post # 11
We didn’t really get this…I think people for the most part are happy that we established ourselves, went and saw the world, and took it pretty darn slow (10 years, 11 by the time we’re married).
We did get this comment, as we were talking to a large group of our newer friends, we were asked how long we’d been together.
We’ve shortenend our response to that to (10 years) because we started dating 10 years ago and we’re together now. Granted we broke up off and on throughout college, we lived in different cities, countries, FI went through a depression etc etc. So we just say 10yrs.
Anyway, new group, “how long have you been together?”
Us “10 years *SMILING*”
Old friend “OFF AND ON”
I wanted to slap the stupid off her face! Butthead!!
Post # 12
Yes! I heard a ton of this when we got engaged. The oddest part is that we got engaged very young, while we were still in college, and these were older adults saying this! I’m pretty sure the first time someone said it I was so shocked I just stood there. After that, I usually said something along the lines of, “Well, we’re young and wanted to make sure we were stable before marriage.”
In my head I was really thinking, “Have you seen the divorce rates for people any younger than us?”
Post # 14
@darlingbee: I’d say, and we are overjoyed, thank you. If they persist, in my head I’d think of something that it’s about time they do that I’d never mention out loud like: lose 20 lbs, get a better job/ advanced degree, get a life outside their kids, etc.
Post # 15
I see, so the “about time!” came from a good place 🙂
So many women are snobby, so props to you for a classy answer!
Post # 16
@FisherQueen: True, good point 🙂