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Long gone are the days of newspaper engagement announcements—these days, it's all about Instagram. With more and more brides choosing to share the news of their upcoming nuptials online, these tips and tricks will help you make sure you get the perfect shot.
1. Tell the Important People First
Don't forget to tell both sets of parents, grandparents, and siblings (in person or over the phone please!) before posting your big announcement on Instagram. The people closest to you deserve to hear from you personally, not just catch the news online.
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2. Hire a Photographer
Consider using a professional shutterbug, or at least a friend with a nice camera and a penchant for photos. If you're feeling really bold, drop hints to your future hubby that you would like photos of the proposal. A photo of the moment when your lives changed forever is sure to be a hit.
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3. Spell It Out
Scrabble tiles aren't just for board games: Use them to spell out sweet phrases like "I said yes," "happily ever after," or "forever and always." And don't forget to include the ring in the shot—bonus points if it replaces an "o" in the phrase!
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4. Read All About It
For a perfect #tbt-esque opportunity, kick it old school with a photo of your engagement announcement in the local newspaper. The black and white print will send waves of nostalgia to all of your followers. Plus you'll make your grandparents happy!
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5. Wedding Humor
Why say it yourself when a mug can say it for you? Take advantage of all of the fun wedding and engagement kitsch available online. You'll only get to do this once!
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6. Play Up the Season
If he proposed in the winter, why not write the good news in the snow? Or the beach in the summer? Carve a pumpkin with "Future Mr. & Mrs." or decorate a Christmas ornament with your initials and the date of the proposal. The opportunities are endless.
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7. Feature Your Furry Friend
Use your furry friends to help announce the big news! Give them a chalkboard with all of the important info to share and watch the likes roll in.
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8. Tie the Knot
Let your friends know that you're tying the knot—literally! This cool shot is perfect for anyone with a minimalist aesthetic. All you need is a rope and a ring!
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9. Use a Romantic Quote
What better time to put your favorite rom-com quote to good use than an engagement announcement? Pick your favorite film and let the lines of Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon and Kate Hudson do the talking for you.
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10. Try Not to Stress
Though getting the perfect shot is a worthy cause, it's only one photo in a lifetime of snapshots together. Plus, no matter what you post, the moment itself is what you should truly cherish for years to come.
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