I'm Engaged! Who Should Hear About It First?

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Wondering if it's okay to propose to your boyfriend? Eager to pick out your own engagement ring? We have all the answers to your burning engagement-etiquette questions.

Who should I tell first about my engagement?

Your parents and his should be the first people you tell about your engagement. You don't want them hearing about it from another person—even if that other person is a grandparent, sibling, or aunt.

If you can't tell them in person, call them. Sending an email is fine to announce your engagement to your friends, but your parents—especially if you are expecting them to help pay for the wedding—deserve a phone call.

After you tell both sets of parents, you can see, call or email anyone you are close to and share your exciting news: grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, close friends.

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