By carrier pigeon, Newspaper and even Social Media the possibilities are endless when it comes to announcing your engagement.
Thanks to the wonders of The Facebook, everyone knew I was engaged about an hour after it happened (romantic, right?). It was the closest I could get to shouting it from the rooftops.
The Facebook has proven that its the easiest way to get in touch with everyone without sending about 30 individual emails or making 30 individual calls. Of course we called the most important people first: our parents. Then it was my best friends who all squealed for joy with me over the phone.
What I didn't realize was that there are many ways to "spread the news" of your engagement than posting it on your Facebook Status. I would like to venture a guess that carrier pigeons were used in the old days, that or a messenger. Martha Stewart Weddings suggests calling your close family members and friends and then emailing everyone else. Another way to celebrate and spread the good cheer is throwing an engagement party. Personally, I think their pointless but many couples participate in this traditon and announce their engagements at a party thrown by them or their parents. Some couples choose to keep it a surprise and make the announcement at the party and others print invitations with the intent clearly out there. Once Jeremiah and I were engaged we were asked if we were having an engagement party by many of our peers and we had let them know we had opted out.
Other couples announce their engagement in the Newspaper. Many a bride would kill to see her and her fiance's name in the Weddings section of the New York Times (27 Dresses, anyone?) and many get the chance to. If this is the route you decide to take to announce your engagement, be advised that all newspapers are different some charge a fee and others run them for free. Some newspapers ask for photos while others only run text.
Me? I'll stick to the Facebook.
What other ways did you announce your engagement?