(Closed) How did you tell your families?

posted 7 years ago in Proposals
Post # 3
3520 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

We called… there was much squealing involved.  Smile

Post # 4
6394 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

We went over to my best friend’s place (we lived in the same apartment complex at the time) but before that, I called my mom, my sister, my cousin and one of our mutual friends :). We waited about two weeks before changing our Facebook statuses because I found out from a close friend’s Facebook page that she was engaged. Not a fun way to do it. 

Post # 5
2849 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I called family members and close friends that night. We were both excited to share the news!

Post # 6
1365 posts
Bumble bee

I’m not engaged yet but curious too!!

Post # 7
9482 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

We spent Christmas Eve with my family, but as soon as we got home, Fiance proposed in front of the Christmas tree.  He didn’t tell my family that night that he was going to because he knew someone would let it leak somehow.  Anyways, after it happened and I calmed down, I made phone calls.  The reactions were great.

My grandmother: My grandfather answered the phone.  I told him we just got home (about an hour drive) and asked to speak to my grandmother.  I told her that I got an early Christmas present and she asked what.  I told her it was a ring.  She handed the phone to my grandfather and started crying.  He said congratulations and told me she couldn’t even talk at the moment. I told her I’d call her back.

My mom: I told her the same as my grandmother – that I got an early Christmas present.  She asked the same question, etc.  She was silent.  I sat there for a minute like “okay… is she happy, sad, annoyed?”  So, I asked if she was still there.  She was speechless and crying.  I had to call her back.

My brother M: I called him while he was driving.  Told him the news and he was silent.  I asked if he was there and he was like “really?! holy shit.  Congratulations.”  

My brother S: He was at a friend’s at the time that I called.  He was the most excited person ever.  I know his friend so he started screaming “MY SISTER IS ENGAGED.  J PROPOSED! OMG SHE’S ENGAGED!” 

It was really cute and I get sentimental thinking about that moment.  I really wish I could re-live it or there was a video of everything that went down.  My memory works just as well though.  ๐Ÿ™‚

ETA: FI’s entire family knew this was going down (but no idea of when).  His grandfather told him Thanksgiving that his mother’s (the grandfather) ring was cleaned and waiting in a box for when he was ready.  FI told me that even though he knew he wanted to be with me, he thought about it long and hard for about a month.  He didn’t plan to propose on Christmas Eve.  He just knew it was going to happen soon.

Post # 8
441 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

We got engaged in Punta Cana on vacation, and my parents were also there. Right after it happened, I ran over to their room in tears banging on their door .. lol, My Future Mother-In-Law already knew it was going to happen, he told her because he was looking for advice to get it through customs at the airport, we went on facebook and told her on there since it was too much money to call.

Post # 10
560 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We were on vacation, so I called the next morning.

Post # 11
1199 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We were in Santa Monica but from the east coast.   I came with him as he came to LA for work.  It was pretty late at home but I called my parents (FH had told them ahead of time).  The next morning FH called his mom and when she asked what I would do while he was working, he said “She can walk around and show people her new engagement ring.”  She made him repeat himself, then freaked out!  She called Future Father-In-Law who called us and his first question was “Did you put the ring on your homeowners insurance?”  (he did).  Then Future Father-In-Law called Future Sister-In-Law, who immediately posted on her FB page and mine.  She was the only one who asked for a pic of the ring before we got home.  My one astute friend saw FSIL’s post on my FB page and asked me what was up, so then it leaked out to the rest of the masses the next 2 days (I called my sister and grandma and close friends, FH called his grandparents too).

Post # 12
107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I think telling my family was one of my happiest memories to date.  We had arranged for FI’s family to come to my family’s cottage for a weekend in the summer months in advance.  (I was hoping the proposal was coming, but Fiance wasn’t working at the time, so I wasn’t really expecting it). He totally planned for both families to be there so we could tell them in person. The only one who knew was my dad. 

Fiance proposed at home the night before the cottage weekend.  I drove up with his sister the next day and hid the ring and literally had to bite my tongue for almost 5 hours of driving, greeting the families, eating lunch (I couldn’t do it while everyone was eating!!).

Then FINALLY, after almost literally exploding, I went up to my mom who was sitting on the porch with everyone and said “I got something really cool last night, I want to show you”.  I pulled out the ring and my mom SCREAMED and jumped up to hug me for a solid three minutes.  By then everyone figured out what was going on and was crying, hugging, smiling, laughing.  It was such a beautiful moment and I’m so happy that my Fiance was so thoughtful to have planned something so meaninful for our families.  

Post # 13
615 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Awwwwww @MissPumpkinPie

My fiance proposed out of the blue while at one of my family gatherings. Funnily enough, my mom left that particular party very early so her sister (my aunt) knew about our engagement before she did!

We decided we didn’t want to tell my parents or my fiance’s over the phone, but in person, so we drove to each of their houses the next morning. Of course NO ONE was home, lol, so we ran errands and tried my mom again. She was cooking in her kitchen, and when I casually told her that I was engaged, she laughed, shook her head, and said that my fiance had been drunk and probably didn’t mean it. I then showed her my ring, and she dropped her spatula and eyes bugged out of her head and there were hugs all around. (Roffle thanks mom, glad to know you don’t believe a guy would propose to me unless he was drunk.)

Fiance’s parents then called and said they had some things to drop off at our house later that evening, so we went back home and waited for them. Fiance opened a very nice bottle of wine that we’d been saving, and had them waiting in hand at the door. They asked what the special occasion was, and my fiance told me to hold my wine glass with my “other

hand”… it was kind of cheesy/embarrassing/silly, but his parents were VERY happy, all smiles, and super excited to start talking wedding with us. Thank goodness their reaction was more appropriate than my mother’s, hahahhahahaha.

Post # 14
749 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Fiance proposed to me late, like 10pm, and we were in a different time zone than our families, so we called our parents the next morning. It was really hard to wait though!! It was nice to be able to enjoy it with just us for a little bit though ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 15
2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

He proposed at dinner the night before our 9 year anniversary in Las Vegas, overlooking the Vegas skyline.  After dinner we went to our room and I called my mom, he called his mom, and I called my sisters.  I sent a text to everyone else and then spent the car ride home the next day (3 and half hour drive home from Vegas), calling people, returning text messages, and updating my facebook status for our facebook “who gets more likes/comments” competition between me and my fiance ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 16
775 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My mom knew he had the ring. In fact, he hid it in a secured lock box in her room. His mother and father and sister ALSO saw the ring after he bought it. My mom had a feeling that it was going to happen the day it actually happened. I sent her a picture text of the ring on my finger…..got no reply back (because she always forgets where she puts her phone and can never find it). We called her and shes like “I knew it!” I gave her the day to call all the family she wants and tell them before I put it on facebook, so they knew first. His parents were not surprised because he told them a couple days beforehand that he was gonna do it. 

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