The only thing that comes close to the excitement of getting engaged yourself is that moment when you find out your best friend said "Yes!" to the person she loves. If you make it all the way through her phone call without starting to plan her engagement party, we're impressed! While you may be tempted to share the news on social media immediately, should you? Our experts weigh in on whether to start spreading the word that your BFF is heading down the aisle.
Before you take to Facebook, Instagram or your other favorite social media platform, make sure you know who your recently engaged best friend has already told about her engagement. After all, her family should hear the good news straight from her, not from their news feeds! Make sure to ask who she's told before the two of you get off the phone, both to gauge whether you can take to social media and to figure out which friends are safe to text and which haven't heard yet.
You should also ask her before you start planning your congratulatory Instagram collage. They may have decided as a couple to keep things quiet for a few days so they can bask in their joy, so let them have their privacy if they want it.
Once you have the go-ahead to post, try to limit it to just a post or two instead of a half-dozen tweets flaunting #mybestfriendisgettingmarried. Of course you're thrilled, but stay away from overkill territory! You also shouldn't post a shot of your bestie's engagement ring without her permission. She may have her own reasons for not posting one of her own, which you should respect. Also check with her before posting anything that reveals wedding details, whether it's the date, venue, or the Dress from your trip to the bridal salon. There is a lot of thought and planning that goes into a wedding (not to mention emotions and family politics!), so be as respectful as possible of what she does and doesn't want to share.