First thing we did? We got engaged on Saturday, December 15th, 2007. My parents were hosting an open house style Christmas party that night. So we told them at the party when we arrived. I made sure to call both my parents to the door when we got in, then told them.
Since this party included most of my family and family-friends, that's how they all found out.
I read in an etiquette book that the first priority is to tell your parents. Do you really need to be told that? The same book says that if you have children, you tell them before you tell your parents. Again, did you need to be told that?
We couldn't tell his parents for a few days, but we did in person.
... I know announcing the engagement isn't technically planning, but it is the first thing!
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