After their significant other pops the question, most new brides-to-be can't wait to share the proposal news with the world. Unfortunately, some engagement announcements can be impolite, annoying, or overall cringe-worthy. To avoid making a social faux pas, make sure you publicize your engagement news in the right way. Here, seven examples of what you absolutely should not do.
A Premature Social Media Post
There's nothing wrong with announcing your engagement on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media accounts, but your best friend or sister may be offended if they learn about the proposal online. Always share the good news to your closest family and friends personally, or at least with a phone call, and save the virtual notification for your long-lost relatives and acquaintances.
At a Friend's Wedding or Party
Family gatherings and large celebrations bring many of your loved ones together, making it easy to share the news with everyone at once. But if the festivities center around a birthday or another engagement, it's best to keep your mouth shut. You may don't want to offend the guest of honor or accidentally steal the spotlight.
During a Sad Moment
Maybe your aunt recently lost her job, or your friend is suffering from a heart-wrenching breakup—either way, postpone your engagement announcement for a happier time. A sad person will have a less-than-stellar reaction, and you also risk coming across as rude or insensitive.
Before It's Happened
Did you accidentally stumble across the ring box in your boyfriend's sock drawer? Resist the urge to flaunt your impending proposal to the world. After all, you don't know your significant other's plans yet, and he might get upset if you've shared the news without his knowledge.
At a Business Meeting
Chances are, coworkers will notice your new bling and start asking questions. A formal business meeting isn't the time or place to giddily describe how your fiancé popped the question. As a more professional move, tell the tale during lunch or during a coffee break instead.
Before Talking to Your Fiancé
After getting engaged, don't inform your fiancé's family without speaking to him first. He'll probably want to spill the beans himself—or at least share the personal duty with you.
While Only Focusing on the Ring
No matter how you announce your engagement, don't focus solely on your new ring. Of course, every bride-to-be wants to show off their sparkly diamond, and there's nothing wrong with flaunting it for a few minutes. But the bulk of your announcement should focus on what really matters: You're getting married to the love of your life!