(Closed) How long did you wait to tell someone?

posted 9 years ago in Proposals
  • poll: How long?

    I called, texted everyone immediately, seconds after the proposal.

    I live tweeted it or put it on facebook during/shortly after.

    I called or texted everyone a minutes after.

    I put it on facebook a few minutes after.

    I called or texted everyone a few hours later.

    I put it on facebook a few hours after.

    I didn't tell anyone til the next day.

    I didn't post on facebook/twitter until the next day.

    I had a dinner, showed up at family's house etc to announce it after the fact.

  • Post # 3
    1135 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I texted all my nearest and dearest, but they already knew!  DH had ordered the ring and had it sent to my mom’s house, since we were living together.  And all our friends were in on it.

    Post # 4
    982 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I called my parents even though it was almost 1 am their time. Fiance told me they were waiting all day to hear from me. I didn’t tell anyone else until the next day. 

    Post # 5
    1221 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I called my parents and my best friends after dinner (DH proposed early afternoon). No Facebook post. He proposed en route to his aunt and uncle’shouse (we were visiting his family out of state) so of course they knew right away 🙂

    Post # 6
    5622 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    We told my parents & his parents right away, everyone else found out through personal text messages or facebook.

    Post # 7
    276 posts
    Helper bee

    I told my dad that day because he is in the merchant marines and he was in the states with cell phone service otherwise I would have to wait another month or two to tell him. He made the phone call to me in the evening. Other than that we waited till the next day to call my family and we met up with his family that evening and told them over dinner. It was amazing to have the night to ourselves without distraction!

    Post # 8
    3525 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

    10 minutes later, aka how long it takes for him to get to my house. He proposed right before he was about to drive me home. 

    I didn’t put it on FB until the next day, after I’d gotten a chance to tell my parents.

    Post # 9
    7225 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    My husband proposed to me at a fancy dinner. I waited until we were home to call people, so I called within an hour and a half?

    Post # 10
    619 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I picked other

    I texted my best friend a picture of the ring right away but didn’t tell anyone else for awhlie

    Post # 11
    5521 posts
    Bee Keeper

    My OH proposed while we were on holiday in Spain, in the early hours of the morning on our first night.

    I called my parents (who already knew) the following morning, and texted my close friends the following day. I wanted them to know before anyone else did. I then changed my status on FaceBook the day after that, as there are a lot of people I don’t see/speak to regularly but who I wanted to know. OH did the same.

    Post # 12
    23 posts
    • Wedding: December 2014

    We made sure that close friends and family new first, I think it was a week before they all new, and then we announced it on facebook a week later 🙂

    Post # 13
    7382 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    We had spent the whole day together celebrating.  I just didn’t know it was for an engagement.

    I called immediate family probably about 30 minutes after he proposed, which he did at home.  I didn’t tell everyone that day.  Some I waited to see in person, others I had to call and I waited on facebook probably for about a week so I could call some people.


    I know some people where their families were involved with the proposal.  It’s not what I would have wanted, but they were thrilled with the proposal.

    Post # 14
    2469 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    We told our parents immediately, called/texted very close friends/family that night and the next morning, then posted to facebook that afternoon when we were convinced we told the important people ourselves.

    Post # 15
    1887 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Two weeks! We were travelling at the time and wanted to wait until we got home to tell our parents in person. I soo badly wanted to text all my friends but it was also quite exciting to have it be our secret for those two weeks! We kept giggling and whispering “my secret fiance”! 😀

    Post # 16
    1466 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 1998

    Within half an hour, I was calling my parents/brother, and he called his parents/sister/grandparents. One of the dumbos on his side seriously asked, “Did you even get her a ring?” 


    Then Future Sister-In-Law had the audacity to tell me when she wanted the wedding to be, and was furious when we told her it wasn’t going to be then. To the extent that she left a public “woe is me” message on Facebook about it. 

    In retrospect, I wish we had just surprised everyone about the engagement with wedding invitations 10 or 12 weeks out. Would’ve been the way to announce it!

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