Chances are, if you’re either engaged or marrying age, you see social media engagement announcements on the regular. This can be a great way to announce your happy news to all of your friends at once—after all, back in the day, you would have had to pick up a telephone and call.

It’s SO much easier to just take a ring selfie and post it to Facebook and Instagram. But that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t put some thought into how you break the news! You only get to announce this engagement once, and you want people to smile and congratulate you, not roll their eyes.

In order to help you create an engagement announcement that truly shines, we’ve put together a short list of things to consider before you hit “publish.”

SHOW OFF THE RING!

When you take your inevitable “ring selfie,” make sure you’re truly showing off how gorgeous the ring is! Your fiancé likely spent a lot of time picking out the perfect rock, so make sure the picture does it justice.

Get your nails done! You don’t have to drop a ton of money on gel tips, but make sure that your nails are clean and donning a fresh coat of polish. If that means a trip to the nail salon, we promise it’ll be worth it when you take that beautiful ring selfie. If your ring features a colored stone, consider getting your nail polish to match!

When you snap the picture, make sure that the area is well-lit and has a unique or interesting background. If you Instagram on the daily, we don’t need to tell you how to compose a good shot. Just consider taking the picture in a local park, rather than your living room.

WRITE A MEANINGFUL MESSAGE

There is more than one way to write an announcement. Some people write a long and heartfelt note about their loved one, while others prefer a short message like “I said yes!” There are so many clever ways to announce your engagement, and if you and your fiancé have a good sense of humor, you might even consider adding some humor to your post.

However you decide to write your announcement, make sure to tag your fiancé! They’re an important part of this occasion, and they might not want to create a post of their own. By tagging them, you’re allowing their friends and followers to see the announcement in addition to yours.

DON’T INUNDATE THEM!

Another reason it’s so important to get a good picture of your ring is that you’ll only need to post one picture, or at least keep your multiple pictures confined to one post. If you’re trying to avoid making people roll their eyes, you shouldn’t make more than one post about your engagement. Think about the picture/s you want to include, and plan out your message so that you don’t have to put any miscellaneous information in a second post. Seriously. If you want to make a second post about your engagement, at least wait a few days.

With all of this being said, CONGRATULATIONS on your engagement! Enjoy this special time with your fiancé, and have fun with the process of planning your happily ever after!