Engagement Party Etiquette : Announcement
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As we promised this month will be talking mostly about your engagement party, let’s begin start with the announcement.
Engagement parties should be scheduled at least three months after the proposal and, yes, because of social networking, almost everybody will know the big news even before you start to send the invitations, so our personal advice is ‘before you post it , think who is going to see it’. Maybe we risk sounding too traditional, but after the big question it’s more romantic and beautiful to enjoy the moment with your closest around you so don’t waste time typing and replaying on fb comments. If you follow our advice there are very few steps you have to take after the proposal.
Share your big news with your parents or closest family members. Of course, if they are far away and you don’t want to wait until you next see them, and you have a chance to visit and give the big news in person, there is no greater feeling than sharing your excitement, with tears, smiles and kisses.
According to tradition, parents should spread the big news among the family and the mother of the bride has to make her very first task that of making the engagement announced publicly in the ‘Forthcoming Marriages’ column of a local or national newspaper, with wording like:
‘Mr P Jennings and Miss K Ashton-Smythe
The engagement is announced between Peter, second son of Mr and Mrs Simon Jennings of Lewes, East Sussex, and Katherine, only daughter of Mr and Mrs John Ashton of Godalming, Surrey.
After that, the mother of the groom should make a call expressing happiness at the engagement, after all, the purpose of a engagement party is to make a connection between two families.’
When your engagement is public it’s up to you whether you are going to bother with social networks, since your news has already been made public, so you will be getting congratulations cards, e-mails, and, in these modern days, comments on social networks.