Engagement Etiquette in the Age of Social Media
By:Shannon Lochwood

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Engagement Etiquette in the Age of Social Media

Getting engaged is so exciting, and, of course, the two of you will want to tell everyone! There will be tons of congratulations and questions about your big day…your social media pages also will be a flurry of messages and posts. In the wired world, engagements are one of the biggest events…and with good reason! This is the beginning of your new life together, and the engagement is only the tip of the excitement. ?

But before you pop the question—if you haven’t already--and then announce the big news, prepare how you will tell your loved ones and friends. Like so many momentous milestones in life, an engagement’s joy and happiness also holds a few tips and rules of etiquette. While the happiness of the moment will make you want to burst out and tell everyone…be sure to keep a few things in mind:

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1.) Tell parents first… ?close family and friends next!

Hold off on social media posts, and pick up the phone…or head to the parents’ houses for a personal visit (if you live close). Parents should be the first to know. There isn’t a firm rule on which parents should hear the news first. If you proposed, you may agree to let your beloved who accepted tell their parents the good news first. Or, if the two of you cannot swing a personal visit, then each of you should make a phone call to the parents. ?After telling the parents, let the news be announced to close family and friends. This includes individuals with whom you are both close. Good friends should hear the news from the two of you…not social media.

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2.) Snap a selfie, and don’t forget the ring!

Every good social media announcement needs the perfect image. Snap an engagement selfie of the two of you. Make it fun, make it sweet…embrace your personalities and your love. Also, if engagement rings were exchanged, you MUST post pictures of the rings! Get creative with your announcement, and don’t be afraid to be unique.?

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3.) Share the proposal!

A good proposal story should be shared! But if the story is too personal or intimate, obviously, you don’t have to share with your online friends. You can announce your engagement on LGBTWeddings.com and share it with the world.

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4.) But don’t overshare!

Yes, an engagement is super exciting. Be careful, though, about getting too crazy with the posts and pics. A few engagement photos are expected, but you don’t need to post an entire photo stream of images. Pick a few and post your favorites. Keep this tip in mind, also, when taking your wedding social.

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5.) Block the haters.

Trolls come out of nowhere sometimes, and if you find that those on your friends list are something other than thrilled for you…don’t be afraid to block the haters. This is your moment, your joy and your love. There’s no room for negativity, nastiness or hate. So those who don’t celebrate your love aren’t worthy friends.

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About the Author

Shannon Lochwood currently lives in Southern California. She has a passion for weddings and loves to write about anything related to special "I do" moments. In her free time she loves to hike and spend time with her family and her two lovely dogs.

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