Cushion cut halo engagement ring on red tie

Photo: Amy Allen Photography

Forget changing your relationship status—these days, Instagram is the way to let your social network know that you’re engaged. As we continue to rely on social media to communicate important life changes to family, friends, and peers, couples are getting more and more creative with the way they share their engagement stories. Want yours to really rack up the ikes? Hey, ain’t no shame in that.

Just follow these seven tips for Instagram success.

Get your lighting right.
Photographers generally agree that the first hour of light after sunrise and the last hour of light before sunset are the best times for outdoor photography. There’s no rules that say you have to share your engagement announcement immediately after it happens. If you wind up taking a picture after the fact, try waiting until one of these times to pose for it.

Have someone (stealthily) capture the reaction.
This tip is more for the person doing the proposing: Have a friend or photographer hide in the area where you’ll be popping the question. After your soon-to-be-fiancé(e) gets over the shock of saying yes, they’ll be so happy to have the moment captured on film (or atleast on a smart phone). Added bonus: a picstitch of the moment makes for a great Instagram engagement announcement.

Play with props.
The Feyoncé sweatshirt and the “Does this ring make me look engaged?” mug are just two of the cute accessories we’ve seen people don to show off their new relationship status. If you want to do something beyond showing of your ring, try this route!

Or play with words.
Messages on signs, banners, and chalkboards are wonderful ways to emphasize your announcement. Skeptical of the idea? You won’t be after checking out this heartfelt announcement.

Change up the pose.
Zoom in on a kiss, snuggle up in bed, or get extra outlandish. The more creative you are, the better.

Get your pet involved!
Everyone loves a dog pic. Seriously.

Share the story.
The caption is just as important as the picture, folks! If it was a more elaborate proposal, take a few lines to explain what went down. If the proposal was more of a simpler moment, share why you’re so excited to marry your future spouse. The more genuine you are, the more moved your followers will be.