The first step to saying I Do is to announce that you or your fiancé just said yes! Before you inform the world, be sure to let your family and closest friends know about the great news. If you and your circle of friends typically communicate via email when sharing news, then it is perfectly acceptable to announce your engagement using this medium. However, be aware that there are still those (particularly parents and grandparents) who appreciate hearing this type of news in person or over the phone, so let them hear your excitement first hand! It is probably not a great idea to start off the wedding planning and engagement period with an unhappy Mother-of-the-Bride/Groom because they were not the first to know!
If you plan to design and mail a printed engagement announcement, search for an invitations and stationery vendor near you for assistance. These vendors are a great resource and can help you with the proper etiquette for announcement wording. You, or your parents, may also want to stick with tradition and print a formal announcement in your hometown newspaper. If so, call the publications to find out the specifics and deadlines for submission.
For today's engaged couples who plan most of their weddings online, there is another, more tech savvy, option for announcing the big news. Build your custom wedding website at WeddingWire.com and email the website URL to your friends and family. This is your opportunity to share your love story with those closest to you by including little anecdotes on how you two met, where you fell in love, and how your fiancé proposed. Add a few photos to illustrate the stories!
Most importantly, enjoy this time with your fiancé as it is sure to be the start of a great new life together.