Congratulations! You're engaged!
Now, you want to share the great news and that gorgeous ring with everyone you know (and those you may have forgotten you know) on social media.
But remember, before you start posting a million pictures and posts, there are some things you should absolutely avoid when you put you engagement news out there.
Following these guidelines will keep you on good terms with people and cut down on the amount of smack-talking your friends will do behind your back when they're messaging each other about your announcement:
DON'T post a zoomed in-picture of your hand with a ring on it.
Nobody wants to see your claw hand (no offense) while scrolling through their newsfeed. It comes across as braggy, and you seem like you care more about the ring than the person.
Instead, use a cute picture of the two of you. If you want to hold up your hand with the ring on it in the picture, fine. But make sure it's far enough way that you can't make out details.
DON'T post some long soliloquy about love and finding the right person.
We know you are happy and in love since you are pledging to marry this person... at least we think you are. But there is no need to get all Shakespearean about it.
DON'T start calling your partner "your fiancé" every time you post something about them.
OK, so this one is more of personal pet peeve of mine. There are times when this is totally appropriate, but overall, try to avoid it.
Did their name change? No? Then stop acting like it.
File this one away for when you are married, too. Nothing is worse than seeing people referred to as "husband" or "hubby" as if it was their first name. You sound like a 6-year-old playing house.
DON'T start posting about every little part of your wedding planning.
No one cares. Really, we don't. The people who want to know will ask.
It's fine to post about landmark things every now and then, but nobody wants a play-by-play.
Also, avoid sharing intimate details about the date, time and location unless you want uninvited people to show up. This may probably be a long shot, but who knows? If people find themselves bored and around your venue on a Saturday night, you never know who might appear.
DON'T post a wedding day countdown.
Again, no one cares.
If you want to create private pages for things like this that you will only share with close friends and family, that's totally fine. But no one else cares about this.
Like before, a posting of a bigger milestone here and there is totally fine, but no more than that is necessary.
DON'T sporadically post pictures from right after you got engaged to remind people you are engaged.
The people who need to know you're engaged will not forget, and the people who hate-stalk your profile will also not forget.
But no one else needs a photo flashback reminder of the moment every week. If you want this for yourself, print out pictures and hang them around your desk or your home.
DON'T post a ton of pictures of you two being "adorable" with some vomit-inducing caption like, “I can't wait to marry my best friend and the love of my life.”
Isn't all of that implied by the fact that YOU ARE GETTING MARRIED? Seriously, you wouldn't ever post a picture of the two of you, captioned, “I am minimally excited about marrying this mediocre person I settled on.”
Though, that would be pretty hilarious.