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Engagement Etiquette 101: Do’s and Don’ts

by Gillian Burgess Tuesday, 24 March 2015 Informational

engagement-etiquette Congratulations! You are newly engaged. You might feel both giddy with excitement and a bit overwhelmed as you are sharing your news and planning your wedding. Here are a few basic engagement etiquette tips to set you on the right track.

Engagement Do’s and Don’ts


Tell your family about your engagement before posting on social media.

Believe me: your mom will be livid if she sees your diamond engagement ring selfie on Facebook before you tell her yourself. It’s normal to want to shout the news from the mountaintops… but tell your family first. If you can, share the news in person. If not, call, Skype or FaceTime them. Then get in touch with rest of your inner circle: grandma, your siblings, your closest friends. Now you’re free to broadcast the news to your wider circle of friends on social media - and enjoy the excitement and congratulations.

Talk incessantly about your upcoming wedding in front of people who won’t be invited.

It’s natural to be enthusiastic about getting married, especially when wedding planning is going to be taking up a lot of your time and energy. But be conscious of who you are gushing to about the diamond engagement ring, the reception venue and the wedding party attire. It would be impolite to talk an acquaintance’s ear off about all your plans if you have no intention of inviting her to the wedding. Keep your sharing to a minimum in front of those not on the guest list, and save yourself some awkward questions down the road. This goes for social media posting as well!

Ask your bridesmaids and groomsmen to be part of the wedding early.

Once you start planning your wedding, make your list of attendants one of your earliest decisions as a couple. You’ll want to ask your bridesmaids and groomsmen with plenty of notice. Share any details and logistics you have already - location, tentative dates, attire, any costs you’ll be covering, etc. - and let them know that you’d be honored if they can do it but you will understand if they can’t for any reason.

Feel that you have to have an engagement party.

Plenty of couples want to celebrate their engagement with a party with friends and family, but plenty opt out of this event. If your parents are dying to host a party as soon as you announce your news, go for it and enjoy yourselves. If it seems like another expensive item on your to-do list that you’re not looking forward to, skip it and save your energy for wedding planning.

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Best Places to Propose in Rochester, NY

by Gillian Burgess Tuesday, 02 December 2014 Proposal

best-places-to-propose-in-rochester Rochester, New York, located in the northwestern part of the state, is a beautiful spot to experience the best of all four seasons and appreciate nature, music, wine and culture. If you are starting to shop for affordable wedding bands and looking for the perfect way to pop the question, here are a few of the best places to propose in Rochester.

Proposal Ideas in Rochester

1. Outdoor winter fun

During the snowy season, Ellison Park - a 447-acre woodland area - is a magical place to get cozy as a couple. Go sledding together on one of the two sledding hills, or go ice skating while holding hands. Pack some snacks to bring with you - a thermos of hot chocolate, her favorite cookies or brownies, simple sandwiches. Take a break to eat, and when there is a lull in conversation, take out the diamond engagement ring and ask her to marry you.

2. Romantic music

Book seats for a concert at the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, which hosts events from holiday pops and big band jazz to classical concertos and tango dance performances. Get dressed up for a romantic evening out on the town, and spring for box seats so you have more privacy. Pick a moment when she’s captivated by the show, and get down on one knee with the ring, waiting for her to look over and see you before you pop the question.

3. Under the stars

Head to the Strasenburgh Planetarium and marvel at the awe-inspiring wonders of the universe. Watch a star show or go to a Saturday night laser show, then go for a walk afterward. Tell her how she is the most important person in your world and you want to continue to explore together for the rest of your lives.

4. Cruising on the water

If you’re proposing from early May to mid-October, head out on the water on a Sam Patch cruise. Book one of the special summertime wine cruises, and enjoy a relaxing tour of the Erie Canal and Genesee River. Find a quiet place away from other people to propose, or wait until you’re back on solid ground - eating dinner or dessert at a favorite restaurant.

What do you think are the best places to propose in Rochester?

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Best Places to Propose in San Francisco

by Melia Dicker Tuesday, 06 March 2012 Proposal

This post is part of the My Trio Rings Precious Places series, which uses Mashable's Top 10 Cities for Getting Engaged list for inspiration.

If you're planning a creative proposal, the possibilities abound in San Francisco. With dozens of well-known landmarks, romantic waterfront destinations, and breathtaking views, the City by the Bay will capture your heart.

Where to Propose in San Francisco

1. San Francisco Landmarks

You'll find a variety of romantic spots in Golden Gate Park, including the Queen Wilhelmina Tulip Garden and the Japanese Tea Garden. Walk with your lady hand-in-hand through the Conservatory of Flowers, a greenhouse and botanical garden that features a beautiful collection of plants. As she stops to admire a flower that catches her eye, get down on one knee and present her with a striking diamond cluster ring.

The Palace of Fine Arts is lovely by day and gorgeous by night, when its rotunda lights up the pond by which it sits. It's the perfect place for a romantic stroll that culminates in a proposal.

If your bride-to-be is adventurous, a San Francisco cable car is the perfect place for a creative proposal. Look at the route in advance and select an area of the city that suits her (Nob Hill and Ghirardelli Square are two possibilities). She'll already be giddy from cruising up and down the hills, and she'll be ecstatic when you pop the question. Ask your cable car driver to ring the bell in celebration of your engagement, and don't be surprised if your fellow passengers applaud!

2. Along the water

The famous "Bay to Breakers" race in San Francisco is so named because it begins on the eastern side of the city along the San Francisco Bay and ends on the western side, at the Pacific Ocean. This means that you have plenty of coastline to choose from when planning where you'll propose.

Along the Pacific, take a walk along Ocean Beach. The cold and fog are staples along the coast, so bundle up and prepare to get cozy in order to keep warm. Ask her to close her eyes for a moment and write, "Will you marry me?" in the sand. Another option is to treat her to a romantic meal at the Cliff House. While she admires the ocean views, catch her gaze and ask for her hand.

On the San Francisco Bay, choose from a number of lovely spots. Watch the adorable sea lions at Pier 39, ride the carousel, or visit the aquarium. Each one makes provides a picturesque backdrop for her diamond cluster ring.

3. From up on high

The world-famous Top of the Mark sky lounge crowns the InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel. From the 19th floor, you can enjoy live music and take in views of some gorgeous San Francisco landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. The Top of the Mark offers a special package for your creative proposal, including a bottle of bubbly and a Top of the Mark chocolate ring box. 

Twin Peaks is known for having some of the most magnificent views in all of San Francisco. Take a drive at night and park the car so you can admire the lights of the city.

Coit Tower sits atop Telegraph Hill and is a well-known landmark in San Francisco. Consider climbing the steep Filbert Steps from the bottom of the hill. Upon arriving at the top, out of breath and marveling at the view, drop to one knee and propose. This creative proposal is for active types only!

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