Written by Katie Byrne, published 21st dec 2017
Here's how to announce your wonderful news in style
1. Allow yourself and your partner time to bask in your just-engaged glow
Before you share the news with anyone, afford yourself a few moments/hours/days when it's just the two of you who are in the know. The Christmas holidays are a great time to disconnect from the online world - so fight your urges to Instagram your #engagementring or WhatsApp your various group messages with the news. Plus, it's exciting to have a secret that only the two of you know, don't you think?
2. Tell the important people in person before you announce your news online
You don't want close friends or relatives finding out your engagement news via a Facebook post - especially when over-congested timelines and newsfeeds can mean they might not even discover your news until days later. Arrange meet-ups or - gasp - pick up the phone and share your news personally.
3. Avoid making any social media posts just about the ring
Whilst a #ringselfie is, of course, totally acceptable, a post purely about the sparkling bauble on your finger is not okay. As enamoured as you may be with your new bling, don't forget the point of the engagement is taking the first steps towards marriage with the love of your life - rather than simply showing off about the number of carats currently adorning your left hand.
I still can’t believe December 17th my high school sweetheart got down on one knee and asked me for forever. I can't wait to be your wife! #futuremrs #bridetobe #engaged . . . #she_saidyes #proposal #justsaidyes #christmasproposal #perfectproposal #ohsoperfectproposal #howheasked #brides_style #bridesproposals #engagement101 #weddingchicks
4. Be prepared to answer a lot of questions
Fact: even though you only got engaged yesterday, people will ask you if you've booked your venue/photographer/florist yet. They just will. And it doesn't end there: as well as expecting you to have already half-planned the wedding in 24 hours, people will also have other questions: where's the honeymoon going to be? What's your budget like? Fishtail or ballgown wedding dress? Am I a bridesmaid? But seriously - am I though?
5. Start the planning!
Very, very casually, that is. The Christmas holidays aren't the time to go rushing out and booking the first venue you encounter or snapping up that bargain wedding dress you spotted in a high street sale - however, it is the perfect opportunity to do your research, make some moodboards and chat to your partner about the logistics: namely, when, where and what.
And most important of all? Just enjoy being engaged!