Announcing Your Wedding Engagement at a Family Party

Can you announce your engagement at a family party without stealing anyone’s thunder?

For some reason, couples are hesitant about beginning their wedding planning during special holidays.

A Hudson Valley bride asks: “My boyfriend and I want to announce our engagement at my family’s annual Valentine’s Day dinner. Still, there’s so much going on that evening. Should we go ahead anyway?”

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The Wedding Guru says: I’m siding with your boyfriend on this one! There’s no more lovely way to announce your engagement than by doing so at your family’s gathering. Obviously, you want them to be the first to know, too. It will make that select group feel all the more special and closer to you and your fiancé.

There can’t ever be too much good news — and here’s a bonus: Having your family together makes it easy to ask for whatever help you’ll need for your wedding. This is a great time to begin eliciting and delegating tasks, because you can do so in person. Get commitments early and follow up later. And remember, you’ll be adding to the festivities in a very positive way!

For more information about announcing your engagement, read my article called “Announcing Your Marriage” at

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