Just got engaged and ready to share the news on social media?
Posting your engagement is a great way to let your friends and family know about your happy announcement and offers a chance for others to offer their congratulations.
Nowadays, how you share your engagement online is often just as important as the proposal itself. Get creative with your captions and capture your followers’ attention with these unique ways to announce your engagement on social media.
How to announce your engagement on social media
Your engagement announcement is likely to be one of the most popular posts you’ll share on social media, meaning it’s important to get it right. Here are some things to consider before hitting share.
Tell family and close friends first
While you may be itching to share your engagement online and enjoy the impending congratulations, don’t let excitement get the better of you.
Close family and friends will appreciate a private and personalised message before announcing your news to the world. If you’re unsure who to add to this list, we suggest erring on the side of caution. Your immediate family and friends are a must, but consider whether extended family members might appreciate being in the know before others on your follower list. An individual message is unlikely to rattle anyone, but finding out about an engagement via social media has the potential to.
Although an engagement is a wonderful thing to share and celebrate with loved ones, it is first and foremost a declaration of love between the special couple. Check your other half is happy to have the news posted online, and determine any requests they may have.
This could include not sharing pictures of their face, waiting to notify close friends and family first, or withholding the intimate details of the marriage proposal. Whatever their wishes, you should respect them.
Consider your photo/s
In our visual world, a picture says a thousand words. Even if you’ve worked hours perfecting your Instagram engagement caption, many of your followers will likely see the image and immediately tap the heart icon.
Many couples pay for a professional engagement photo shoot. Not only do the pictures look great online, but they also make precious keepsakes. Do your research and chat with the photographer beforehand so they understand your style.
If going down the selfie route, consider using a tripod to avoid shaky or ill-framed photos. A reliable friend or family member also works, but make sure they’re prepared to snap a few shots.
Tidy up your nails
Ring pictures are iconic engagement announcement photos. It’s also immediately clear what the post’s intention is, so you won’t need to write a lengthy caption to go with it. Make sure your engagement ring is clean and your hands and nails are dirt-free. Some people also treat themselves to a manicure for the occasion, highlighting the ring fingernail with a sparkly or individual design.
Avoid sharing wedding details
We get it – you’ve been planning your perfect wedding since before you can remember and are keen to tell people how fabulous it’s going to be. However, plans have a way of coming undone, so it’s best to avoid sharing wedding details and specific dates in your engagement post. If you must, share a hint to the celebrations using a cryptic clue or even a handful of emojis.
Engagement announcement ideas
If you’re at the stage in your life where engagement announcements seem to appear online every other day, making yours stand out can be difficult. But don’t be disheartened – this is a perfect excuse to get creative and let your love shine.
Props are a fantastic way to draw attention to your engagement photo on social media.
There are tons of matching engagement mugs, t-shirts, socks, etc. online, featuring romantic or humorous text that captures the couple’s personality.
We also love the concept of spelling out your message in an unusual manner. For example, using scrabble tiles, balloons, and even alphabet magnets to write ‘she said yes’ or ‘engaged’.
Take a follow-me photo
‘Follow-me’ photos, where one of the couple is facing away from the camera with a back-stretched hand, and the other is out of shot with a hand holding their partner’s, come in a variety of contexts.
Follow-me photos are often used for travel-related posts and are also great for engagement announcements. The image showcases the ring and offers an intimate, first-person view of the situation. The result is a stylish and subtle post that oozes romance.
Get your pet involved
Is there anything the internet loves more than cute animals and loving couples? Combine the two for your engagement announcement and get your pet involved with your post.
Balance the ring on your dog’s nose, dress your cat up in a pageboy or bridesmaid outfit, or snap your hamster next to a chalkboard with details of your engagement. ‘My humans are getting married’ is a fun way to convey your message and is sure to delight your followers.
How to announce your engagement on Facebook
When looking for cool ways to announce your engagement on Facebook, consider combining the above advice with these additional tips.
Tag your other half
Tagging your other half in your post will allow it to be seen by their friends and family, too – great if you want your engagement announcement to reach even more people.
Update your relationship status
If you’re more low-key and don’t want to bother with a detailed post or photo, simply changing your relationship from ‘in a relationship’ to ‘engaged’ is a classy way to announce your engagement on Facebook. Friends can react to and comment on the status change, meaning they can still share their congratulations but with minimal effort from you.
How to announce your engagement on Instagram
Instagram engagement announcements are all about the photo. Whether that’s a picture of the ring or a funny, prop-filled image, using these Instagram-focused tricks will make your engagement post shine.
Consider your caption
While the photo is the shining glory, your Instagram engagement announcement will mean little without some meaningful text.
Engagement captions for Instagram can be challenging to write and depend on your online personality. Opt for a pun or relaxed caption if you’re a couple who takes themselves less seriously online – ‘My latest and greatest accessory’, ‘He finally put a ring on it’ or ‘I spy a sparkly diamond’. On the other hand, long, gushing paragraphs about how the proposal happened and your shared happiness is sure to pull on your followers’ heartstrings and reflect your romantic sides.
Of course, there wouldn’t be an engagement to announce without the engagement ring! Browse the latest range of engagement rings from Robert Gatward Jewellers, from dazzling diamonds to unique gems.