Each Wednesday, we tackle wedding etiquette. At times, it’s a reader question or one from a colleague, friend or family member and other times we’ll cover a popular issue. This week, we are answering a reader question about engagement announcement protocol.

 

Question: I recently got engaged and was wondering, when is it OK to post the news to social media?

 

Answer: Congratulations on your engagement! Before letting the cat out of the bag on social media, be sure to tell your closest family and friends. If you or your betrothed have children from a prior relationship, they should absolutely be the first to know about it. Next up, break the happy news to both sets of parents, your respective siblings, other family members, friends and again, anyone with whom you are close. Be sure not to post too often about it or overshare private details of the proposal. One joint announcement once those most important to you are in the loop is perfectly acceptable.

If you have received an engagement ring, try not to be too conspicuous with photos and posts. Consider images in which your hand in a visible place, but not close up. Celebratory photos and announcements should be about sharing the news of this next step between you and your spouse-to-be, not your bling.

 

Do you have a solution to share or a wedding etiquette question? Respond in the comments or email Melanie@MyNewOrleans.com.