Engagement: Purpose and What to Consider

Engagement is a significant time for any relationship and should be used to confirm the ability for the couple to live a long and happy life together.

Purpose

During the period of engagement, the two must do more than just plan the wedding. Although this is a big part of it; it’s not the only focus! They should also use this time together to assess their love for one another as well as their ability to live alongside each other. There are many things to consider when looking into the eyes of your soon to be life partner. Engagement - Copy

  • What do you love about them?
  • Are you willing to fight to stay with them?
  • Could you ever leave them?
  • Are you willing to give up the chance to meet someone else?
  • Is this the person you see yourself growing old with?

These questions were most likely answered by the one who proposed the engagement. However, the other is put on the spot and asked to answer rather instantaneously. That’s why it’s important to reflect on where you stand in the relationship before committing to a life with them. Once you’ve determined that this is the real deal, and you want to be together for the rest of your lives, it’s time to think about actually doing it.

  • How well do you resolve issues with one another?
  • Do you agree more than you argue?
  • Do you trust each other’s judgment?
  • Do you have common ground for the plans of your future?

It is crucial to know that you are heading in the same direction as well as understand what it expected of you in the relationship. If you answer all these questions and find that you are confident in your love and the two of you can make this last, you are heading toward a fairy tale ending.

Breaking the Engagement

It is ridiculous to assume that every engagement will end in a “happily ever after.” Sometimes on a whim an engagement will be agreed upon without the care required for a successful life with another person and sometimes a circumstance can trigger an engagement.

Broken Engagement - CopyThis is where that uneasy feeling you get from answering reflective questions may arise. If you can’t reasonably reach the conclusion that you’ve made a good decision and will be happy with it in the long run, there’s a simple way to fix it. End the engagement. This doesn’t have to be a bad thing where you scream at each other and never want to see each other again. It can be done in a peaceful way so that you can continue your previous relationship until it matures into something you feel is trustworthy of eternity. This is not an unrespectable action. On the other hand, going through with a marriage that you have a strong feeling won’t make it is. Don’t regret what should be the best decision of your life!

Time

There isn’t a set time frame that is acceptable or unacceptable for an engagement. Really it’s up to the couple getting married and what they are comfortable with doing. In 2013, The Huffington Post reported that the most common engagement was between 13-18 months, at 40%. It was followed by 7-12 months, at 27%., which just barely beat 19-24 months, 23%. However, they ranged anywhere from 0-24+ months, with the extremes being less common. The point is that you can do whatever you want! As long as the two of you are comfortable with it and have time to plan everything you want to include in your wedding, go for it.Huffington Post - Copy

Living Together Before Marriage/Engagement

There are many reasons that living with another person outside of marriage seems like a great idea. The first of them that come to mind are saving money, testing out the relationship’s compatibility, and simply wanting to be together. However, this decision causes more of a gradual drift toward to idea of marriage which eliminates the decision making aspect. While also resulting in less communication, little Divorce and Cohab - Copysatisfaction, and increased aggression in the marriage that results from this gradual slide. This proves to be less of a problem after engagement, because the couple has already chosen to take the next step together. Living together may feel like marriage, but it lacks the strong commitment. It also robs marriage of the passion that is normally experienced within the first part of marriage that is helpful for overcoming problems in the relationship. If you are considering using a live-together-first arrangement to test your ability to have a successful marriage, don’t trust it. There are many other ways to determine how you and your loved one will do that are less detrimental to your relationship. However, don’t worry about living together a few months before your wedding; in many cases it’s more convenient and you’ll be alright!

Ways It Has Been Done

There has been many heart stopping proposals in the past, but there are many to come! Surprise the one you love in the most romantic and personal way that you can think of. Start your engagement off with a gesture that shows the love you have for her/him while telling the story of your relationship together. Becoming engaged is a big deal because it symbolizes the commitment you will make to each other forever. No matter what you like or how you choose to do it, make sure it’s something that you will both look back on happily!

Some of the sweetest ways I have seen are:

  • A guy once made his own movie trailer for his girlfriend featuring himself and her father as he asked for permission to marry herMovie Proposal.
  • Use a talent of yours to express your love to her.
  • Use something simple to shock her like a photo booth.
  • Use a memory that is significant to your relationship such as a day with family picking pumpkins.
  • Another used how his girlfriend said she would marry a guy if he played a song on a record player for her in his proposal.
  • Maybe a photo shoot with a surprise ending is your style.

Then What?

After you’ve popped the question and decided you want to tie the knot, what’s next? It’s time to make an engagement announcement. This can be done through an exerpt in your local newspaper or cards that you mail out to your friends and family. You can also change your relationship status on Facebook. How you choose the spread the word doesn’t matter.

Engagement AnnouncementEngagement announcements typically tell readers who your parents are, where you’re from, your education/occupation, and the date of the wedding, assuming you want that information out in the open. Obviously you don’t want to include anything you would wish to stay private. There are many ways to word these, so regardless of your situation there’s a beautiful announcement waiting to be written for you.

 

 

Engagement: The Ring

ProposalFun Fact: The first engagement rings date back to prehistoric times when cavemen would claim their mates’ spirit by wrapping the cavewoman’s wrists, ankles, and waist with braided grass.

Obviously something changed, because you don’t see that today. Maybe the Egyptians Vena Amoris 1should get the credit for beginning our tradition of the ring. They wore simple strands of gold or silver on their left hand, because it was believed that there was a vein in the ring finger leading directly to the heart. The vein became known as the vena amoris, vein of love, because of the connection people believed.

Engagement rings are a way to symbolize the upcoming event where the couple will come together in marriage. You might wonder why it is important to even have an engagement. I can think of two reasons: planning and tradition! Pope Innocent III of the Middle Ages created this “period of engagement.” He made it mandatory for a couple to set aside a time to publicize your notion to marry, to the church, before actually doing so. Since the engagement ring is an easily visible way of letting others know you are soon to be wed, they are the perfect way to satisfy tradition.

Now let’s talk about the rock! There are mainly four stones that people choose for engagement rings: diamonds, emeralds, rubies, and sapphires. These are the best fit for such an important icon because of their symbolism. Also, these are of the strongest of stones, making them perfect for everyday wear and tear. The weakest being the emerald with an 8 on the Mohs scale, which is still pretty tough.

It’s clear that any of these four stones are appropriate for the ring; their meanings prove it. All you need to do is decide what you want the ring to say about your love!

Diamond1. Diamonds are considered a symbol of love, excellence, and purity. Each of these contribute to the image of a young couple committing to each other during their engagement.

2. Emeralds have stood for a large number of things, all of which can be easily related to engagementsEmerald and the feelings they hold. Just a few of them are domestic bliss, harmony romance, truth, and love.

Ruby3. Rubies are a sign of courage, love, and passion. Those three things are so important to an engagement. It takes courage to express love for another and to be truly passionate about them.

4. Sapphires represent faithfulness, truth, loyalty, and devotion. Where Sapphirewould a couple be without any of these traits? The whole idea of marriage is based around the true, loving relationship between two people who are loyal to one another at all times.

Now we need to talk cost. According to the New York Times, in 2012 the average cost of an engagement and wedding ring together was around $5,000. The bulk of that is the engagement portion at a hefty $4,000. That stinks, because the majority of the expense comes before “she says yes.” On the bright side, savings can grow as your love grows!

You might be thinking, how does the engagement ring fit with the wedding band technically? It is normally accepted that the wedding ring is to be closest to your heart; therefore it must go on your finger first. During the ceremony, the best to achieve this is to have both the engagement ring and wedding band together. The groom must then simply place them on the bride’s finger at the same time.

And if you haven’t noticed, rings are circles. Circle have no end; they follow a continuous journey for ever and ever. There’s just yet another reason that rings are significant. Think about that every time you look at a wedding/engagement ring. Think about the love that is shared between two people, until death do them part.

An engagement ring is more than just a band of metal with a pretty stone; it’s a symbol of love and devotion that should speak to your hearts. Choose carefully with all your heart!So glad she said yes