Aug 12 2009, 09:30 AM
No .. No i'm not engaged *yet*
I've been thinking though. Most of my friends and family live interstate or overseas (I used to live in Geelong and England) so email is going to be the most effective way to spread the happy news when it happens. But seeing as most, if not all, these people wouldn't be able to make it to an Engagement Party I'd like to send a really nice engagement notice.
Has anyone done this? Any ideas? I'm thinking wedding invitation style, or even include details of the proposal ... not sure?? What sort of things should I include? Keeping in mind that I may not be able to chat to some of these people within the first few weeks.
Aug 12 2009, 10:16 AM
When we wanted to announce our pregnancy, a lot of DH's family lived overseas. We did a short video up and posted in on youtube, and then sent them an e-mail with the link.
The video we took with our digital camera (takes up to 2 hours of video) and edited it using Microsoft XP's 'Movie Maker' program- dead simple to use. They loved it, and it was a bit more personal than an e-mail.
You could have both of you sitting there, telling the story of your engagement, show of your ring, and if you have a date picked already...give them a hint 'ie. Keep September free!!'.
Aug 12 2009, 11:55 AM
Thanks Amy! I think I'd like to send something typed to most people (some of my parents' friends are a bit "scared" of things like YouTube
), but you've given me an awesome idea for a way to ask my best friend to be my MoH because she lives in England.
Aug 12 2009, 12:05 PM
Honestly? I wouldn't do it via email. I think we've swung a little too far in the digital stakes these days and big announcements should be treated a bit more traditionally.
Have some nice stationery printed (which can be as ostentatious or inexpensive as you like) and then hand write a note to those you won't be able to tell in person. It's nice for those people to have something concrete, and an email doesn't cut it as far as I'm concerned.
JMO, but that's what I'd do.
Aug 13 2009, 07:01 PM
I think it depends. I know a lot of my family and some of my friends aren't very technologically minded, and either don't have email addresses, or hardly ever check them! So if I were to send them an email, some would never get it, or it would take a while for them to read it.
I love the youtube idea! But again, same thing as above with people not having access to the internet.
I say maybe do both? Send a small card to those you are closest to, and then maybe an email for the rest?
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