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Congrats, you're almost engaged! And if you're like a lot of girls, you'll probably be way too excited to actually put any of these cute ideas into practice once he puts a ring on it. You'll want to call up the rents right away and shout the news out, and we totally support that. But, if you're that rare breed of a bride that can keep a secret for a few days or more though and you dig surprises, let the engagement cat out of the bag in a way you and your family will remember forever. Here are four ideas we're super sweet on.
1. Spill the beans over coffee
Pun definitely intended! If you're literally bursting at the seams to tell mom and dad about your engagement but want to find a fun way to break the news that doesn't require much advance planning, ask them out for an impromptu coffee date. "Have the barista write something cute on your mom and dad's cups, like Mother of the Bride and Father of the Bride," suggest wedding and event planners Jennifer Arreguin and Natasha Burton of Swoon California.
2. Say it with champagne
He finally popped the question so what better way to celebrate than by sending your parents (and/or siblings) a special bottle of bubbly to pop in your honor? "One of my clients mailed an expensive bottle of champagne to each close relative with a personalized note congratulating them on gaining a new grandson, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, etc.," says wedding and event planner Sandy Malone. If your parents live nearby, Florida-based wedding planner Aviva Samuels of Kiss The Planner recommends revealing the news at dinner (just remember to hide the ring!). "Invite them out and raise your glasses to toast to the future Mr. and Mrs., inserting your own names and surprising them in a unique way." They'll be absolutely thrilled!
3. Monogram napkins
Calling all southern brides! (And let's be honest, any girl that appreciates a good monogram.) If you plan on changing your last name once you say, "I do", consider ordering pretty dinner napkins with your new initials embroidered on them and set the table for a family meal, offers Samuels. "The reaction of your parents will be priceless when they notice the monogram of your married name."
4. Stage a photo shoot
Sure, it's a little bit cliché. However, instead of posting an engagement pic on social media for the entire world to see, stage a sweet photo opportunity for your family's eyes only. "Use a chalkboard and write a cute note that's just for them," propose Arreguin and Burton. You can even take multiple pics and switch up the message on the chalkboard each time, depending on the family member. Send them out via text if you simply can't wait or pop a printed picture in the mail to let the rents know he popped the question. Then wait for the phone to ring!