Congratulations, you’re engaged! You’re going to want to spread the news quickly—how could you keep it in?!—but hold on for just one second. You only get to do this once, so why not make the most of it? If you can keep it in for a few days (or know a proposal is on the horizon and are planning in advance), it’s an opportunity you won’t want to miss. Here are 7 totally adorable ways to share the news with your loved once. Get planning!
Spill the beans over coffee
Pun definitely intended! This is news you’ll want to share in person, so invite your parents out for an impromptu coffee date. “Have the barista write Mother of the Bride and Father of the Bride on their cups,” suggest wedding and event planners Jennifer Arreguin and Natasha Burton of Swoon California. And don’t forget to hold yours (reading "Bride to Be") in your blinged-out left hand! If you’re more of a coffee-at-home couple, invite them over for breakfast. Order a cute mug that reads: “Does this ring make me look engaged?” and pour yourself a cup.
Make it a guessing game! Head over to your parents’ house with a bouquet of “just because” flowers, and don’t say a word. Do your best to keep your smile at a normal size and see how long it takes for them to notice the new jewelry on your ring finger. If they’re not catching on, beef up those gesticulations or wiggle your fingers so the diamond catches the light. Don’t forget to bring some tissues for happy tears!
Go to print
This is totally old school and involves advance planning. If you can wait a week or so, take out an engagement announcement in your local paper (with a photo, of course!), then head to your parents’ house the day it will run. Flip through the sections until they come to the page with your faces on it, leaving them with an exciting moment and a totally sweet memento of the milestone.
Say it with champagne
Your partner finally popped the question, so invite your family to pop some bubbly for the occasion. Mail bottles of champagne to your VIPs (or hand-deliver them) along with a personalized note congratulating them on their new son-in-law, sister-in-law, grandchild, etc. If your parents are local, invite them out for dinner, then order champagne for the table. “Raise your glass for a toast to the future Mr. and Mrs., inserting your names and surprising them with the news,” says Aviva Samuels of Kiss The Planner.
Include the kids (or dogs!)
If you have children (or a furbaby!), let them help you announce the good news. Deck them out in shirts announcing their flower girl or ring bearer status (like “Cutest Ring Bearer Ever”), then either head to a family gathering or snap a photo and send it to your parents to let them know there’s a walk down the aisle in their future. Heading to a family gathering? Find that little cousin who simply can’t keep a secret, and spill. Make sure he or she knows not to tell anyone, especially your parents or grandparents, and see how long it takes for word to spread!
Even better, throw a "save the date" or "our humans are getting married!" sign around your pup's neck and circulate the oh-so-sweet photo!
Have a surprise engagement party
Turn a seemingly impromptu get-together into a reason to celebrate. Invite your families over for a dinner party (meaning you won’t need to come up with a cover story!) and, once the drinks have been poured, stand up to make a toast. Now’s your big moment to spread the good news! Just remember that anyone at this party will be expecting a wedding invite, so choose your guest list wisely.
Mail an announcement
For the most patient among us, there’s nothing as sweet as sharing the news in the mail. Send handwritten cards or a printed photo of the moment you said “Yes!” to your closest relatives and friends. It’s always nice to get something in the mail, but it will be even better once they realize what’s inside the envelope—so be ready for excited phone calls on mail day!