(Closed) Best ways to respond to an engagement announcement

posted 9 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
4480 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

“Congratulations! I’m so excited for you!” I have never been bothered by this one. 🙂

Post # 4
355 posts
Helper bee

I usually say something like, “Thanks for sharing the great news!  Congratulations!”.  If it’s a good friend, I’ll either add something like “Let me know if you need help” or when your schedule permits, let me buy you a celebratory drink” — that way she knows I’m really excited to celebrate this milestone in her life, but it’s low-key enough that she doesn’t feel pressured to add one more thing to her calendar. 

Post # 5
1489 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

“Congratulations! Tell me about it” – that way your friend can decide how much and what she wishes to say. It works pretty well in any situation.

Post # 6
3285 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I agree with sf_carrie’s advice, wholeheartedly!  Support is key =)

Post # 7
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i think congratulations always works. and i always like to know the proposal story. i guess i’m nosy, and i’ve never had anyone who was offended when i asked.

Post # 8
350 posts
Helper bee

“Congratulations!  You must be so excited!”  is great.  Also an offer for a celebratory drink is fabulous but only if you intend on following through!  I think asking to see the ring is fine unless of course she isn’t wearing one!

Questions I did NOT appreciate:

When is your wedding? (Um, I just got engaged YESTERDAY I don’t know!)

Who/What are your (insert any of these: colors, bridesmaids, photographer, venue, etc)

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