Photo: Corlis Gray
Is it just us, or does it suddenly seem like every other post you see on Instagram or Facebook is another friend announcing her engagement (often with a sparkling ring selfie to go along with the big news)? And while being surrounded by so many people celebrating can be a total rush, it's hard not to feel like your own engagement is lost in the shuffle of a social media feed. Here are three ways to make sure your engagement still feels as special as it is, no matter how many friends are on their way down the aisle.
Celebrate with your family.
There's nothing wrong with you and your fiancé wanting to be in the spotlight for a little while (especially since everyone's telling you to enjoy your engaged status as much as possible), so plan an engagement party where you're the only ones who are newly engaged. The best way to do that? Fill a room with both of your families (don't forget Grandma or your favorite aunt!), the people who are there for you no matter what. You'll get to share the news with that cousin you haven't seen in years, swap proposal stories with your guy's sister, and get a moment where the attention is on, well, you.
Why not have an engagement party for two? Book a table at a restaurant you love, let the hostess know you've got something to celebrate, and take a little time for your engagement to be the only thing on your minds. Bonus points if you share a champagne toast and dine by candlelight.
It might seem counterintuitive to invite all of your engaged friends to celebrate together, but they're your friends for a reason, and this is a pretty fantastic occasion to kick up your heels! Whether it's a dinner party for all the newly engaged couples or a Sunday brunch for just the girls, now's the perfect time to put your friendships first. After all, planning a wedding is full of highs and lows, and can be pretty stressful, so you and your besties should be by each other's sides. Just remember... now's not the time to compare rings or talk budgets. You're here to show your friends some love, not try to one-up each other.