A new ring to the New Year! A ten-table diamond ring seen ten tables away, or a family heirloom passed down from the groom's family. Here, Tiffany's Soleste diamond engagement ring. Photo: Tiffany.com


Bling! A ring on your little ole finger.

Platinum, gold. solitaire, pave, three stone. Cushion, round, princess, square. The perfect engagement ring. A symbol of love and commitment. An engagement ring is also a shorthand reminder of the many social engagements to come during 2013. Are your really ready? Who announces the engagement; how is it worded? What is the best way for the bride and her family to herald the good news?

There are essentially three ways to announce an engagement: at a formal party, at a more casual event and/or with a printed engagement announcement card. And, of course, your engagement news first arrives via texts, emails and a flurry of telephone calls.

Option #1: The bride’s parents host a formal party and the invitation reads:

Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Leo Lynch

request the pleasure of your company

at cocktails and dinner

in honor of  the

engagement of

Miss Courtney Elizabeth


Mr. Mason Ramsay Chevalier

February, the fifteenth of February

at eight o’clock

The Driving Club

Atlanta, Georgia

R.S.V.P. by January 29th (telephone number only)
Cocktail attire
Option #2: A more casual event at home or at a restaurant to celebrate your engagement. Use a flamboyant script for the words “Engaged” and the couples’ names and a recent photo of the couple.


Courtney and Mason

(photo of the couple)

Please join us for

cocktails and dinner

February 15, 2003

8 p.m.

Four Seasons Hotel

Park 75 Restaurant

75 Fourteenth Street NW

Atlanta, Georgia

Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Leo Lynch

(if there are many hosts, an alphabetical list

with asterisk* by the person who will

receive the responses.)

Please respond by January 29, 2013
(telephone number, possibly email address)
Coat and tie
Option #3: Family traditions and social expectations often dictate whether the bride’s family will send out a formal engagement announcement. Printed on a simple ecru or white card.

Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Leo Lynch

announce the engagement of their daughter

Courtney Elizabeth


Mr. Mason Ramsay Chevalier

the twenty-fourth of Deecember

Two thousand and twelve

Ring in the New Year with your engagement news! Remember, at your wedding ceremony you will say your vows, “With this ring, I Thee wed! ” Music to his ears!