How to Announce Your Engagement
Seriously though, with your nearest and dearest, there is no substitute for telling them in person. Let the prospective groom quake in his boots it's good practice for married life. Remember, your dear old Dad has been preparing for this day for decades and will not be denied! Mind you, he was in the same situation once and so he will probably be kind.
Checklist: How to announce your wedding engagement is further down the page.
Long Distance Engagement Announcement
If your intended and your goodself are trudging somewhere up the deepest Zambezi in search of the elusive Great White Ape, it would be considered appropriate engagement etiquette to inform Mama and Papa by mobile phone (or cell phone to the Americans). Jungle drums normally a good and reliable alternative, are not much understood beyond the lower reaches of the great grey Zambezi. Of course the preferred option is to make your engagement announcements in person. The groom should wait until he sees the whites of your parents' eyes before he fires off the announcement. History is full of such lessons.
Engagement Announcement Etiquette
However, the eager young couple must allow discretion to guide their engagement announcement. Interupting funerals, weddings and bar mitzvahs to announce your happy news is considered bad form in most company, while announcing the wedding-engagement while performing CPR on one of your parents is quite out of the question. Engagement announcement ettiquette demands strict laws of propriety and should prevail at all times.
After having informed your kith and kin of the impending nuptials, you can turn your attention to your wider circle of trusted friends and cronies. This is probably also best achieved face to face, though now the option arises of sending them engagement announcement cards announcing your betrothal and requesting they keep a certain date in their calender free. Of course, there is the possibility of your friends being in some far flung corner of the earth (great, grey Zambezi River for instance) in which case, engagement announcements online are fine as are engagement e cards.
Facebook & Internet Announcements
As for those computer savvy souls who live to converse via the internet, posting free engagement anouncements online is now superseding the newspaper announcement. And with Facebook being an online hub for like-minded individuals this may also be the perfect forum for bringing the message to the world.
Fairy Godmother tip; If you communicate via Facebook regularly, your can post your online engagement announcement here at www.Perfect-Wedding-Day.com and then share your announcement either via email or create a link to your announcement in your facebook account. The annoucement is easy and it's FREE.
Newspaper Engagement Annoucements
For those more formally inclined, there are always the good old newspaper engagement announcements. The names of the bride and groom and their parents would be included along with information such as career choices which is optional. And check with the newpaper's formats, as specifics may differ from paper to paper.