I know friends who have waited two years between putting on the ring and walking down the aisle, giving them plenty of time to plan, as well as others who've made it happen in a matter of months. If you want to get married in a certain season, have a dream venue in mind, or need to accommodate the schedules of VIP guests, external factors will impact how long your engagement will last. But I'm still going to pop this question: would you ideally have a long or short engagement?
Whether it's a casual family gathering or a high-pressure holiday, meeting your sig-o's parents is never easy. But the pressure really mounts when those parents will soon be your in-laws.No matter how cool they are, your first time meeting your boyfriend's or girlfriend's parents will give you the jitters, and that's perfectly OK. It's a pretty big deal, so just accept that and move on. Meanwhile, follow these 10 simple rules, and you'll be off to a good start.
One minute you're basking in the excitement of your recent engagement, and the next thing you know, you and your betrothed are being feted at an engagement party, with your likenesses rendered in marzipan atop a cake.OK, so maybe that last part isn't true for everyone, but you may be surprised to find that when you get engaged, people want to throw you parties. Often, it's friends of your parents, who want to return some long-lost favor, or friends who love any excuse to celebrate. For five reasons why this tradition makes sense (and one reason it doesn't), read more
Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but any guy who has purchased an engagement ring will tell you he feels pretty darn chummy with it, too. While it truly is all about the sentiment and promise, the perfect cut, clarity, and stone are certainly factors and come at a high price. Most of us don't have a celebrity-sized bank account or unlimited credit at Tiffany & Co., so what was the average spent on bling in 2009? Take this quiz and find out.
You can only marry Edward Cullen in your fantasies, but now you can ask your real life lover to propose with the same ring the vamp gave Bella Swan. The ring, which author Stephenie Meyer and Infinite Jewelry Co. co-designed, made its big debut last Friday in the latest trailer for Eclipse. It matches the description from the book:
"The face was a long oval, set with slanting rows of glittering round stones. The band was gold — delicate and narrow. The gold made a fragile web around the diamonds.”
Now you can get it for as low as $35, but the real diamond version sells for $1,979 — I suppose the makers hope some people will actually wear this as an engagement ring. Do you think it's fun that fans can buy Bella's ring or is this way too much?
We know our friends, or family members, inside and out. And since we want what's best for them, we probably weed out the bad boys better than they can. If all goes well with a setup, on their wedding day you can even take credit for true love. Have you ever introduced a couple that made it down the aisle?
Not exactly. As a newly engaged couple you might find yourself being asked: so how did he ask? Which could be awkward if you don't have a good story to tell. Yesterday a recently-engaged reader vented about her situation. She wrote: "Well, after we ate our peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at some run down picnic table he got up, knelt down and asked me to marry him. As soon as I realized what he was doing I thought "not now!" but held my tongue and just went with it." Now she's embarrassed about telling people how they got engaged. Of course, you could make this very story sound romantic by emphasizing how cute and authentic it was that he proposed while you were doing something as simple as eating PB&J. Like my dad always says: "the quality of your life depends on the story that you tell."
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