6 Creative Ways to Announce Your Engagement on Social Media

Mayfair, Valencia, or X Pro ll?! We have all been through the emotional rollercoaster of choosing the perfect Instagram filter, right? Well, it doesn’t get any easier post-engagement when you not only have to find a filter that perfectly complements your new shiny rock, but also the most flattering pose for you and your man! So, let us give you a few creative tips on posting your big news for the world to see!

But first, coffee. Ladies, Etsy has got you covered for this one! Just hop online and order those cute, little coffee mugs we’ve all seen quoted, “Does this ring make me look engaged?” You can now get them personalized! *praise*

Focal points for the win. If you’re really lucky, hiring a photographer was covered, and you will have the best picture of your sweetie down on one knee!

Play it up with props. A cute celebratory glass of champagne or some seasonally colored flowers that really make your new ring pop is always a fan favorite!

Intensify the mood with a little PDA. You can go so many ways with this one–the simple “look, everyone, we are ENGAGED!!!” pose with your shiny ring pointing toward the camera and a little kissy action in the background, or something even more unique! Being creative is bound to draw our eyes towards your new sparkler!

Let’s take a selfie. Finally–an acceptable excuse to post a selfie! Avoid the criticism by uploading a simple picture of you and your man’s smiling faces. There’s no way your friends won’t show their support and double tap for the newly engaged couple!

Your hands tell a story. Not every social media post has to be bright and perfectly filtered. Bring back the chic black and white filter for a timeless look. Place your left hand in his, tell him to give it a little smooch, and voilà!

Let’s face it, the more emotion shown in the picture, the more reaction you’re going to get out of people. But no matter how you decide to announce your engagement to the world–and no matter how many likes, comments and reactions you get out of it–remember, you’re actually ENGAGED…like to be married! Let that soak in! Don’t stress out if he didn’t hire a professional photographer or if your hair won’t cooperate for the perfect ring selfie. Bottom line: marriage is so much more than the picture you post.

…which leads us to our next point – Coming soon on the blog: Rules and Advice for Announcing Your Engagement on Social Media

Wedding Planning with Kelly: How He Asked

Engagement ring picture

Now, let’s talk about proposals! Getting engaged is of the biggest moments every girl dreams of. Will he choreograph a dance with my closest family and friends so we can become the newest YouTube sensation? Will he build a memory wall of us in his backyard, complete with a private concert and dancing by candlelight? Will he take me up in a hot air balloon over Napa Valley and feed me chocolate covered strawberries while we ride off into the sunset (may or may not have been my dream…)?

Biltmore Estate engagement

Here’s my advice, girls. Let him be him. I knew Corey had the ring for over a month before he proposed. The poor guy was just too nervous to ask because he knew he couldn’t plan and deliver some extravagant date ending in the most over-the-top proposal, though I continued to expect something elaborate and well thought out.

Finally, one night, it hit me. If I were Corey, I would plan a hot-air-balloon-over-Napa proposal with champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, and a long handwritten note about how in love I am. However, I’m not marrying myself (thank goodness). I’m marrying Corey, and that’s the beautiful thing about it. Whatever he came up with was going to be perfect no matter what, because it was all his idea. It came from his heart, not mine.

Update: his proposal included me being the one to suggest when and where to do it, I was wearing my pajamas, and my nail polish had been 50% peeled off. Definitely something that would rack up two million views on YouTube, but perfect in every single way. A quiet, intimate, and expected proposal can be just as romantic, if not more.

(However, guys, if you’re reading this and want to do something that will make your girl absolutely melt, take some inspiration from this adorable proposal)

East Tennessee proposal

Also, when your favorite guy finally gets down on one knee and asks the infamous question, it’s completely normal to lose your breath for a second or two. You’ll even forget everything he prefaced it with. I barely even remember being asked, “Will you marry me?”

What will inevitably happen in the following half hour: stare at the new sparkly rock on your left hand for a bit (you won’t want to look away), ask yourself if this is real life, address him as your fiancé for the first time (that can be a hard one to get used to), snap a good picture of the ring because everyone’s going to ask for one, be prepared to tell the proposal story 200 times, and get ready for the time of your life!

Next post, we’ll be talking about choosing a wedding date and setting your budget, which in my opinion, was where I hit the most road bumps. But we’ll get you through it!

Jennifer + Joe: A Knoxville Engagement Story

Last month was filled with food, flowers, and FUN when Jennifer + Joe came in for Castleton’s Vendor Experience! Jennifer + Joe are one of our local couples, being from Halls and Farragut. They met in February 2010 through mutual friends at an event in February, went on their first date to an Eric Church concert in Nashville in July, and have been in love ever since. Dating long distance–Jennifer went to the University of Tennessee and Joe was at Austin Peay State University–couldn’t even keep these two apart. They took turns coming home on weekends and made it work. Hey, as they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? As Jennifer’s graduation approached and Joe had another year to go, they began to wonder what would happen to their future.

“He asked mom and dad first,” said Jennifer’s mother, with a proud smile on her face.

Joe had decided to take Jennifer on a date which he joked ended up being a “miserable day because [he] didn’t get to do anything [he] wanted to.” The plan was to eat dinner at Wasabi’s on Bearden Hill and go see a movie, but after they ate, Jennifer wanted to go home and take care of Dixie, their precious puppy of four years. Little did she know, she was stalling the entire plan. Joe wanted to go for a walk, but Jen “…obviously wasn’t buying that because it was raining.” He suggested going to the Sunsphere for a drink and Jennifer was like, “okay, whatever, date night woohoo,” but Joe wanted to walk the long route and Jennifer couldn’t figure out why. They stopped on top of the bridge where a photographer was taking pictures of his girlfriend, and Joe started looking for fish in the stream. “I was like Joe, it’s a man made foot deep stream, there’s no fish.” But when Jennifer turned around to look at Joe, he was already on his knee! The photographer “taking pictures of his girlfriend” was actually for there for them and caught it all on camera. Both Jennifer and Joe’s parents and Jennifer’s brother were in the Sunsphere so they witnessed the whole event and celebrated with the newly engaged couple who joined them shortly after. “We had talked about it for so long and dated for three years, there’s no way else he could surprise me.” Joe had picked out the ring himself a month and a half before proposing–he went to Jared–and he did a great job because she loves it (and so do we!)! The fun didn’t stop after that night! “We ironically had an 8 day cruise planned for right after we got engaged where most people, including me, thought the engagement was going to happen, but Joe knew I wanted my family to be there.

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