Getting engaged is one of the most exciting life events you can share. And making sure you get the announcement right is something that lots of couples put a lot of pressure on. You might want to be sweet and sentimental, or you might want to be funny. Whatever you hope to achieve, we can help you get it right with these one liner suggestions.
Read on to learn more about the proper etiquette around engagement announcements and how to let the world know about your happy news.
When should you announce your engagement?
It’s common to announce your engagement soon after your partner pops the question. Some people don’t wait very long at all and will send news to their treasured family members and friends before posting it on social media.
Others will take a more restrained approach and tell people in person before announcing it on social media and online with an engagement photo shoot. This will also give your close friends and family time to pick a date for the engagement party.
How you announce it is entirely up to you and you should follow your instincts about what feels right. Most couples like to savour the moment together before they take to social media or start spreading the news. If one person wants to keep it quiet for longer, it’s better to wait than to risk hurting any feelings.
Where should you announce your engagement?
The popularity of social media means that most people will simply take to their favourite platforms to announce their engagement. It’s a free and highly effective way to announce your news.
Some people also like to make a physical announcement using a postcard which can also double as an invitation to your engagement party. If you’re more traditional or want to commemorate the occasion, you’re more likely to take this route.
You could also announce your engagement in the local newspaper. While this tradition might be less common than it once was, it’s no doubt still popular with some families. If your parents are very traditional, there is a good chance they might request this.
Who should you tell before it’s made public?
In line with announcement etiquette, there are a few people you should inform before your news is made public. Immediate family should be told in person, or on the phone if they live far away, before they discover the news on social media. It would be unfair for your close family to learn the news like everyone else, so make sure you inform them before the news gets out.
You might also want to tell ex partners, particularly if you have a shared connection such as children. Even if you have both moved on and there are no residual feelings, it can be difficult news to see on social media, so always do them the courtesy of letting them know before the announcement drops.
Children from previous relationships should also be told before the news goes public. If you don’t mention it to them, you run the risk of someone beating you to it, and they need to be able to process this news in their own time.
How do you announce an engagement?
The most common way to announce an engagement is with a photo of the happy couple, and sometimes with a photo of the engagement ring. It’s also common to write a little note about the engagement, or to include details of your engagement party. If you want to keep your announcement short and sweet, try these one liners to announce your engagement.
One liners to announce your engagement
“She said yes.”
“Still on cloud nine.”
“We did a thing.”
“Forever and then some.”
“The best day of my life.”
“I feel complete.”
“Best surprise ever.”
“You. Me. Oui.”
“Mr/Mrs… Has a nice ring to it.”
“Whatever our souls are made out of, his and mine are the same." – Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights
"I love her and it is the beginning of everything.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
“You don’t marry someone you can live with – you marry the person you cannot live without.” – Anonymous
“My whole heart for my whole life.” – Anonymous
“Remember tonight, for it is the beginning of always.” – Dante Alighieri
The funny one liners
It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.
Current Mood: Engaged.
Can't wait to be weird together for the rest of our lives.
He took my heart so I’m taking his last night.
Happy to announce we are no longer dating… we are engaged.
Engaged sure does have a ring to it.
Best. Date Night. Ever.
Finally found my forever wedding date. First up: ours.
I said…no! #JK
The song lyrics
“I thought I was dreaming when you said you love me.” –Frank Ocean, Ivy
"Cause we were just kids when we fell in love." –Ed Sheeran, Perfect
“Hey, that’s my man.” –Taylor Swift, Willow
"You're my end and my beginning." – John Legend, All of Me
“I have never known a love like this.” –Ben Rector, Love Like This
“And out of the blue, I fell for you.” – Kacey Musgraves, Butterflies
"At last, my love has come along." – Etta James, At Last
“Home is wherever I'm with you.” – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Home
I just took a DNA test, turns out I'm 100% getting hitched – Lizzo, Truth Hurts
"Hey baby, I think I wanna marry you." – Bruno Mars, Marry You
“I'm always gonna find your love.”– Nick Jonas, Death Do Us Part
“You're simply the best.” – Tina Turner, The Best
"I love you best. You're not like the rest.” – Little River Band, Lady
Final engagement announcement etiquette
If you decide to share the news on social media, make sure that you respond to all comments. You can also expect people to be asking for your address to send cards and gifts, so be prepared to keep notes of who sends gifts so you can send thank you cards.