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Traditions

Traditions

Twilight engagement ring

Bella and Edward in Twilight Are you a Twilight bride getting married? If you really die for the love story of  Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, from the Twilight saga you'll be happy to know that the replica of the engagement ring is now available on sale. The commitment ring that the handsome vampire presented to his beloved has been designed in yellow and white gold to suit the taste of every Twilight fan. The ring is also made of twelve radiant diamonds of 0.50 carat and the central one of 0.20 carat. Stephenie Meyer, the author of the Twilight Saga who co-designed the diamond encrusted oval ring with Infinite jewelery Co.                  

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The engagement ring

As a symbol of his love and devotion , buying an engagement  ring is not an easy task for a man who wants to please his loved. Yellow gold or white gold ? Diamond or sapphire ? It is very difficult for the groom to-be to choose the ring his "special lady" will be wearing every day. Even though there are many way for him to find out her what jewellery she likes or dislikes (what style of jewellery she usually wears, which ones are her preferences while window shopping...), most of men would let her pick it out herself. The is definitely not the best way to surprise her, but at least you are sure to not get it wrong.  Obviously, how much you spend is a personal matter, but you have to bear in mind that most people would save one to two months' salary for an engagement ring (Check our directory).

Generally there are 4 categories of precious stones in fashion : diamond, sapphire, ruby and emerald.

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The Proposal

Wedding proposalThe Marriage proposal which is the step just before the engagement is also a very important day. This is the moment the groom will have to be romantic an original. Recreate or use items from your first date (where you have met for the first time, a flower, a special song...) this is a good way to make it really unique.

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History of Engagement traditions

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As a mutual promise to marry, the engagement is still a very popular tradition for couples. The term "fiancé" takes its origin from the French verb "se fier", based on Latin fidere "to trust".  This is why there is a concept of engagement involved.


 

In the past, for Jewish people, it was the groom and the bride's parents who would arrange the marriage of their child. The choice of the bride to be and the wedding proposal was made by both parents or only the father of the groom. Then, upon the acceptance of the bride's parents, they would organize the Jewish betrothal. The engagement parties were held to establish a formal contract between the bride's parents and the father or the legal representative of the groom. In their tradition, an engaged couple was considered as tied as if they were already married except that they could live together only after all the rituals for marriage and the wedding day. The engagement was such a serious commitment for Jewish that if ever the bride changes her mind , she couldn't get married to another man before making the legal process for divorce.

Later on, Roman would also make their engagement in front of witnesses. The union of the two families was above all for economical and political reasons and was symbolized with an iron ring. The ring was worn on the third finger of the left hand because there was a belief in Roman times and for centuries later that a nerve or sinew ran directly from this finger to the heart.

But in the Middle ages, the engagement became an official concept with the church. The weds to-be had to sign a registering form in front of the priest.

Today, the engagement is a good way for the two families to know each other and for the groom to give a proof of his love to the woman of his life.

The Engagement Ceremony

Traditionally, the mothers of the soon to be married couple would meet before the ceremony to fix the date of the wedding. As a common practice, it is the bride's parents who host the ceremony. The husband to be would send beautiful flowers to his betrothed in the morning of the engagement day, not forgetting his step mother to be, who would receive a more classical bunch of flowers. Generally, as far as the ceremony spending is concerned, the bride's family would offer the celebrations while the groom's family or the groom himself would offer the engagement ring.

Good to know : When an engagement is broken, the woman has the right to keep the engagement ring. Therefore, it is in good taste for the woman to offer to return the ring while the man can refuse it. But if it is a gems that has been in the family for a long time, the rules are very different. It has to be returned as it considered as a lending to the bride.