Extend Congrats or Wait

My oldest and closest niece is engaged to a guy I have met a few times; very nice. She called her Grandmother, my mother, to share the good news but not me directly.


Of course, my mother told me but do I offer a congratulations when my niece hasn't told me herself?

I'm leaning towards no.

Thanks.

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Best Wishes
by: Ms P Etiquette

Dear Auntie,

But of course you offer best wishes and congratulations to your niece. This wedding is about her and her fiance, not about her relationship with you. Many things are overlooked when this excitement begins. Please be joyful for the couple and loving toward your niece. You both have years of enjoyment as a family ahead of you. I doubt the lack of one phone call can alter that, now can it?

Ms. Practical Etiquette​

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