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Congratulations, you're engaged! You can't wait to share the news, especially on social media. We don't blame you — sharing your engagement makes it feel, well, real. But it's important to be thoughtful about how you share your news. Luckily, we can help you do it the right way with these engagement announcement ideas for social media.

Do have an engagement photo shoot

Professional engagement photos were once only used in local newspaper wedding announcements. Nowadays, they've become commonplace on social media. Sure, you may have dozens of selfies as a couple, but how many professional photos have you taken together?

An engagement photo shoot helps you get used to being in front of the camera and working with a photographer before your wedding day. Some wedding photographers even offer engagement photo shoots as a free add-on to their wedding packages.

You only get to experience this milestone once, so savor it with a photo shoot that lets you slow down and enjoy each other before the rush and blur of wedding planning begins.

Don't include wedding details

Pictures are safe to share (and friends and family will love seeing them), but what about wedding specifics? When it comes to an engagement announcement on social media, fewer details mean fewer headaches.

Already have a date in mind? Keep it to yourself for now. When people find out your plans online, they may start expecting invitations. That could get awkward and add stress to what should be a fun, exciting planning process.

Do think of clever ways to announce your engagement on social media

There are all sorts of cute ways to announce an engagement on social media. Use props, include your pet, or come up with a quirky wedding hashtag for Instagram using puns or inside jokes. Don't be afraid to be yourself and let friends and family in on the fun.

Don't let your nearest and dearest find out via social media

Never, ever let your close family and friends learn about your big news on social media. Make them feel special by calling or FaceTiming them before you announce your news to the world.

Do include a photo of the ring

Now it's time to talk about your ring. You may hesitate to put a photo of it online, but we say “pshht” to that.

What do people say in the real world when you tell them you're engaged? They ask to see the ring! So give the people what they want, and don't be afraid to show off your new jewelry. While you're at it, start thinking about the wedding band you'll pair with it.

Do have fun with it!

At the end of the day, it's your engagement. Your announcement should be as unique as the two of you and reflect your personalities. Do what feels true to you and people will love it.

Get ready to post your engagement announcement

Now that you know the dos and don'ts of posting your engagement, it's time to share your good news. But let's review before you start posting:

  • DO post your professional engagement photos.

  • DON'T provide too many wedding details.

  • DO let your personality show.

  • DON'T forget to tell your friends and family first.

  • DO show off your engagement ring.

  • DON'T forget to shop for your wedding ring at Helzberg.

OK, we threw that last one in, but we'd love to help you pick out the perfect wedding bands.

Ready to take the next step toward your wedding? Get expert jewelry advice as you prepare for your big day.