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How to Announce Your Engagement at the Office

Getting engaged to be married gives some girls an automatic tic that causes them to answer any question asking how they are with an explosive, "I'm engaged!" While your skin might be crawling with excitement that's making you burst at the seams, be sure to exercise a bit of cautious control when you're bringing your great news into the office. The majority of engagements occur on weekends when there's plenty of time for romantic celebration, so go into Monday morning with a game plan.

Without interrupting any busy Monday morning phone calls, let your true work friends know about your news by pulling them aside and letting them guess what's different about you (or just explode with the details). It's also just fine to give your work friends a heads up phone call before the work week begins. After all, these are the people who know your fiance and may even be invited to the wedding because you've developed friendships beyond workplace gossip. To see my tips on looping the rest of the office in,


  • Work acquaintances: Your acquaintances will be genuinely happy for you, but leave the engagement dishing to your daily kitchen run-ins. If you're not sure whether or not it's appropriate to dial them up to share your news, ask yourself if you'd think it were out of place for them to call you with personal news. Your answer to this scenario should dictate how to proceed.
  • Your boss: Some bosses prefer not to know their employee's personal details, and if this sounds like your boss, simply let office gossip run its course. But if your boss has typically been more involved then do your best to tell her before someone else does — she'll appreciate that you thought to share the good news yourself.


emilylee emilylee 8 years
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
I wear a dummy ring as I'm also a waitress, one of my managers dubbed it my "leave me alone" ring. I bought when I'd had enough money saved from a few months working there, and noone really noticed. I was a bit upset, having spent a lot of money on a lovely ring and noone said peep about it. :(
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 8 years
I don't get why it has to be announced or talked about at your place of employment. The two don't correlate.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I work with a bunch of frat guys or at least guys with that mentality so I'm sure a lot of wise cracks will be made. :oy:
mrschappell mrschappell 8 years
I work at a restaurant as a server, so being amongst a bunch of young people, it's hard to keep things quiet. I especially didn't want to announce it too much because of those certain individuals I would not be inviting. I suppose it's inevitable that things get around, because I definitely had people coming up to me and like, giving me their address when I wasn't planning on inviting them!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Well, as for me, my engagement period was extremely short, as we both decided not to have a wedding. Truthfully, I think the engagement period is spent planning a wedding, as it takes a considerable amount of time. Since we both didn't want a wedding, we got married right away. We got engaged and married in a matter of weeks (we dated for several years, and known each other for about 10 years, so for us, our decision to marry was not a quickie matter. We took our time, and arrived at that decision slowly. But once we arrived at that decision, we acted quickly. :) Also, we had separate residences. We wanted to save living together for marriage). So, one day for work, I showed up and announced, "I'm married!" I held up my ring hand. My co-workers were shocked. :) Shortly after that day, the new husband and I moved in together. Oh. The rumors. Everybody, including my family, was damn certain I was in a "family way," given how quick we got married. My inner circle knew the truth, but everybody was practically had me on baby bump watch. This is laughable, given that both my husband and I did not (and still don't) want children. Sorry for rambling. I got carried away. Basically, this my long way of saying that I have little idea on how to announce an engagement at the office. I announced a marriage (straight from being technically a single gal living alone).
goddessru goddessru 8 years
Hmm this is coming of soon for me and I'm nervous the rumor mill is going to run faster than my mouth. It's true people will just notice the ring. My BF lives in another state so a lot of questions about us will come up- these are things I don't want to answer and think its none of anyones business. I've considered not wearing the ring, but seriously have thought that over and think its unfair that I do a disservice to my BF for the sake of some dumb people. I've decided to do exactly what the post says, tell my close gal pals, maybe passingly tell my boss (he'll have the most questions, hes NOSEY) or maybe not, and let others see the ring as they please. I really do feel like its none of too many peoples business...
Spectra Spectra 8 years
One of my coworkers got engaged about a week before I did and it was kind of fun...she showed us her ring (her fiance also worked at our company) and we all congratulated her. Then when I got engaged, I just sort of flashed my new ring and said I was engaged too. My boss gave us both cards and we actually had a little after-work party at a bar to celebrate. We kept it low-key and it never really interfered with our jobs.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
it really, at least in my office, seems like the kind of thing that just "comes out" people notice the ring, a few friends find out, a few phone calls in your cubicle, it's not rocket science
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
it's funny. when i got engaged,it was the same time that my boss broke up with her boyfriend of almost a year so she was devastated. because of that, i hid my engagement for about a month - not wearing my ring or telling anyone because i didn't want to hurt her feelings. then when i did feel like it was an ok time to share, i just wore my ring and my asst noticed in a meeting right away.
supercoolnat supercoolnat 8 years
I just let people notice the ring on their own. I did have one of those weird over-excited moments when I happened to run into this guy at the gym that I sort of knew from college. In the middle of some random small talk I announced "I'm engaged!", then realized afterwards how totally random it was.
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