A man and woman sit next to each other in a booth in a restaurant at South Congress Hotel. They are looking into each other's eyes, while the man's hand rests upon the woman's knee and her hand rests upon his. Photograph by Austin, Texas wedding photographer Nikk Nguyen.

5 Fresh Ways to Announce Your Engagement

With social media feeds, status updates, and good old fashioned snail mail, there are plenty of fun and creative ways to announce your engagement. You may have seen the tried and true ring close up photos and coffee mug shots with the caption, “Does this ring make me look engaged?” You could choose one of those, but before you change your status to “engaged” on Facebook and post your ring selfie on Instagram, scroll through these engagement announcement ideas for some fresh inspiration.

Related: 5 Tips on What to Wear to Your Engagement Photoshoot

#1 Crown and Glory

two fingers with smiley faces drawn on them. One finger has a ring on it that gives the impression it's a crown on the female smiley face

Photo via Anna Sheffield

Here’s a cute twist on the typical ring selfie, where the engagement ring is worn as a crown and a “Yes” is displayed at the top. The announcement is simple, but the message is undeniable.

#2 Play on Words

a pair of hands hold a mug that says "donut mind if I Do"

Mug by Rue 544

If you just have to have a coffee mug ring selfie, choose a clever mug like this one. The play on words and whimsical artwork will get your message across in a way that doesn’t overshadow your ring.

#3 Save-the-date Win

two fingers pinch the side of a small library catalogue card. Each date shows a significant moment in a relationship rather than who checked out the book.

Photo via Reddit

You could send traditional save-the-date announcements or you could post a photo of your library check-out slip like the original poster of this photo did. It’s not only a clever way to announce your engagement/wedding, but it’s a unique way to tell your love story.

#4 Draw the Moment

Drawing of a man on his knee proposing to a female with a ring in a cupcake. A dog is sitting next to the female as she looks at the cupcake in surprise.

Photo via Bored Panda

If you’re an artist or know someone who is, you could have your engagement moment drawn. Leave the caption blank and let the picture tell the story.

#5 Fur Family

Dog's paw rest upon bride's hand that is lying on top of groom's hand as they show off their engagement and wedding rings.

Photo by The Daily Tay

If you and your fiancé are animal lovers, include your furry (or scaly, feathery…) friends in the engagement announcement. Place their paws on your hands, have a pet wear a sign announcing the good news, or record a video of your parrot saying, “They’re engaged!” Okay, that last one might not be as easy, but it would be awesome, no?

Related: How to Include Pets at Your Wedding Without Them Being There

Looking for more fresh inspiration for your wedding? We should talk!

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