Fun Ways to Tell Your Parents Youre Engaged

Fun Ways to Tell Your Parents You’re Engaged

The first and biggest step leading up to the most important day of your life has happened – you’re engaged! You and your fiancé are most likely bursting at the seams with excitement and ready to share your happy announcement with the world. 

Traditional wedding etiquette suggests that the parents of the bride and groom should be the first to know the big news. The way you tell them should match your personality and show just how excited you are to be getting married. Here are five creative ways to tell your parents you’re engaged.

A Wedding Website

Creating a website announcing your engagement not only allows your creative juices to flow, it can also easily be viewed and shared by others spreading the news. You can include pictures of the proposal site and the ring and type up the story of how it happened.

If your fiancé happened to catch this moment on video or audio recording, you can post it on your website for a more personal touch that makes your parents feel like they were there, too. You can also include a guestbook or email link for people to send their congratulations. Once you’ve got your site up and running, send an email link to mom and dad and wait for the phone to start ringing off the hook!  

Custom T-Shirts Worn to a Family Event

Is a holiday gathering or family reunion around the corner? If you can bear to keep the secret long enough, order custom T-shirts with teaser messages, like “Ask Me About The BIG News!” or “Coming, Fall 2012: The Event of a Lifetime” and wear them to an event your parents will attend. See what kind of buzz you can generate. Be sure to make a formal toast or announcement at the end of the event to clue in everyone. 

Send a Special Themed Gift

Everyone loves getting candy and you can make the experience extra special by sending a basket or tin of candy to your parents announcing your engagement. You can do a play on wedding words and phrases by sending popcorn or bubblegum announcing “He Popped the Question!” or some rope licorice with “We’re Tying the Knot!”. Some websites and stores also offer candy bars with wrappers and actual candy that can be customized with your message. This is a super “sweet” (and tasty) way to break the big news. 

 A Party Surprise

If you and your fiancé are known for throwing great dinner parties or fun barbecues you can use this to your advantage for the element of surprise. Invite friends and family, including your parents, under the guise of your normal weekend get-togethers and once all of your guests have arrived you can surprise them all by announcing your engagement.

If you want to do something even more special than a verbal announcement, serve a cake with “We’re Engaged” written in frosting for dessert. Or, play the wedding march mixed in with your party playlist. Wait until people recognize the tune and use that as your moment to break the happy news. 

An Over-the-Top Advertisement

If you are the kind of couple that goes above and beyond in everything you do and you have wiggle room in your budget, this could be the best option and will certainly make the biggest impression. Hire a local pilot who flies aerial banners and have your parents positioned in the location at the time the plane flies by announcing “We’re Engaged!”.

Another option is to rent a billboard displaying the announcement and drive by on the way to what will become a celebration dinner. If your parents still read the newspaper you could take out an ad in their local publication as a way to spill the beans.

No matter how you decide to let your parents know that you are engaged, make sure you do it in a way that reflects your personality as a couple and in a way your parents will appreciate. You and your parents will remember the day you told them you were getting married forever.

Why not make it a fun story to tell others and try something out of the ordinary? 


Lisa is a special needs teacher and a hugger. She always makes time for everyone and lightens up everybody’s lives with her presence. When she is not chasing her students around the yard, she finds time to write about what she truly loves, and you guessed it, its people and relationships.