Post # 16
We got engaged on Valentine’s day. I was so excited that I couldn’t wait to tell my close friends & family. I asked my FH if I could text them about an hour after he proposed, and he said of course. So I sent out a few group messages with a picture of the ring. He did the same for his parents & siblings. They, along with my parents and my closest girlfriends, already knew he was going to propose so they weren’t as shocked but still very happy for us. I called my grandma afterward and told her over the phone. He had already talked to his kids earlier in the week and told them he was going to ask me on Valentine’s day, his oldest said, “whoa, that’s a pretty awesome V-day gift!” lol.
Later that night, we changed our relationship status on Facebook to “engaged,” so pretty much all the rest of our friends, family, and colleagues found out that way. I always thought we’d wait a few days to do that, but I underestimated how damn excited I was going to be.
Post # 17
Love all of these stories so much. So many special proposals and then ideas on how to share with loved ones 🙂 I feel like technology, especially Facetime, allows you to share with people and share that experience together if you aren’t nearby or away 🙂 Thank you all for sharing!
Post # 18
We were at a event while on vacation so I just sent a picture of the proposal to a few friends and family without any commentary. Once they saw the picture they all sent back messages of congratulations and celebratory emojis.
Post # 19
My fiance proposed with an elaborate 10-day proposal based off of a favorite book series. The actually proposal was on the last day, so for 9 days I was in the process of getting engaged but wasn’t actually engaged yet haha! So I called my best friend and parents on day one and told a couple of other close friends, and they were able to enjoy the ride with me and asked for updates each day since there was a little adventure each day haha! It was very fun, especially because my best friend loves the books as much as I do. All of those friends and family are long distance, but a couple of our friends where we live we’re involved in the proposal in different ways too (though the big moment was just intimate between fiance and I). Then finally once it was official we called our closest people and then posted on Facebook.
Post # 20
We were away in a different country and I think I took photos of the ring and send it to them on whatsapp haha. Because of the time difference, they were asleep at the time, but I wanted them to know when they woke up.
Post # 21
- Wedding: July 2020 - City, State
Since I was engaged on the Saturday before April 1st, and since my friends know me as A. a jokster and B. someone who swore she would never get married, I texted my closest gal pals and told them, then after responses, I added, “Happy April 1st.” Then I followed up with the fact I was kidding about kidding and sent a pic of the ring. This might sound immature to some, but it was just my closest gal pals who know I joke around a lot. Everyone else in my realm found out later either via the FB post OR a text.
My FH had it pretty cool. He’s an avid world traveler, and when he sees friends, they always ask him where the next trip is. So he was able to say, “To Wisconsin to meet my future father-in-law.” I think that’s so neat since guys don’t typically gush like women do, so it is a cool way for him to tell his friends.
Post # 22
Im like you OP, I know an engagement is coming soon this year. I feel like I will want to run up and tell ppl, but it may not go as planned, as family lives everywhere. I’ll probably tell my immediate family in person and text my friends. I dont get on social media much and neither does SO, but I may post something there as I have alot of other friends that would probably be happy for me!
Post # 23
I’ve told my parents even though it hasn’t “officially” happened yet. My Dad and I were discussing business plans and go over the yearly expense reports for the family business and talking about general plans for the future and I said, “well, speaking of next year, I guess X and I are going to get married” and he said “I thought it might be about time” and then carried on to the next sheet of expenses!
It was the most typical “my dad” moment ever LOL. Then I told my mom later that day because I didn’t feel it was fair to have shared that info with Dad and not her, and he plays things pretty close to the chest so probably wouldn’t have said anything to her haha.
I wanted to tell him because A) it impacts our family business, and B) I knew SO wasn’t going to ~ask permission~ so they weren’t really going to get any warning
Post # 24
- Wedding: November 2019 - Baton Rouge, LA
We live near FI’s family, so we called his parents and asked to meet them for lunch and told them there. We called my parents and close friends; I texted/Whatsapped a few friends overseas. My coworkers found out that evening when I showed up with an engagement ring to the company Christmas dinner. Later, we put it on facebook to let everyone else know.
Post # 25
- Wedding: April 2019 - USA
happybridetobe1 : We got engaged and went out to dinner and called our parents first together to tell them 🙂 We texted some other close family members and friends, then we posted on social media 🙂
Post # 26
I honestly think the most uncomfortable part of being engaged for me will be telling all of my friends and family. I tend not to make a big deal out of anything, and my SO is also very private. He wants us to be away on a trip when he proposes so he and I can have a few days of “just us” before the whirlwind ensues.
I already know how we’ll tell his sisters. They made a ton of fun of him because the first photos he sent them of us together had one with the “typical left hand on the chest engagement pose” (totally unintentional, but I can see where they were like huhhh? for a bit lol). We’re recreating that, for sure.
Post # 27
My family and friends already knew before me and were hiding in a coffee shop near by to surprise me 🙂
Post # 28
- Wedding: June 2019 - City, State
Initially I wanted to make an announcement on Facebook but I decided against it because I realized I did not need an audience, I just needed the right people to know. So first we decided to tell our families before anyone. Then I told my bridal party members I wanted right after. Then we started telling our friends and coworkers whom we are inviting. I am sort of a more private person in that sense. Although I have Facebook it does not mean I am active on it so it felt very out of character if I posted something so significant in my life for everyone to see. I decided just to tell my friends that I am inviting because it felt weird for me to just bring it up to people I talk to but was not going to invite. When someone asks me though I tell them but I am definitely not one to just randomly bring it up.
Some people have great ideas of announcing it such as doing a cute social media post because it is so much faster and easier compared to what I did, having to tell people one by one.
Post # 29
We just got engaged last Friday. I can’t believe it’s been a week already! After he proposed (at-home as a total surprise), we took some time to ourselves to take pictures of the set-up, ring, us and just enjoy the moment. Then I texted my sisters, mom, dad and stepmom, and best friend that he proposed with pics of the ring and our decorated bedroom. FH also texted his friends, dad, and we called his mom that day and his maternal grandparents a few days later.