And I agree that if you're paying for a ring that's a big financial strain, you might be better off re-thinking your priorities. Does it have to be expensive? If you really love the idea of an engagement ring, can't it be just as special without being a financial burden to either one of you? I'm not particularly into jewelry so I know that's easy for me to say...I actually prefer fun costume jewelry and sentimental hand-me-downs. So it's also personal taste.
For me personally, it's an outdated tradition I didn't relate to even when I was a little girl. For others, if they love it or find it romantic, go enjoy. But if it's something that's going to compromise your finances or stop you from having a great honeymoon or a home, then maybe it's time to reconsider.
So if a woman shares the cost, that doesn't make her any less engaged in my book, but it makes both of them a little more foolish.
To me it is still a gift. I don't like the idea of financially contributing to my own gift.
I don't think it is an out-dated tradition. I have a wedding band that belonged to my great-great-great grandmother on my mother's side. It is just a simple silver band. My grandmother's set was platinum; my mother's white gold. My sister's set is a family heirloom from his side of the family. Wedding ring styles change over time so rings can also reflect the times. Wedding rings, more than any other jewelry, can tell so much about a couple. It's that one thing that is passed down from generation to generation and tells a story of all the women who wore it before.
When my daughter gets a little older I will give her the ring her dad proposed to me with. It's a very simple 22KT gold band that he bought in Qatar when he was sent there for 30 days. I could pass down my entire jewelry collection to her but it's that wedding band that will mean the most.
Last edited by ethanwinfield; 10-02-2013 at 08:43 PM.
A wedding ring is different from an engagement ring, to me.
Wedding bands are worn by both people, and often are simple bands. An engagement ring is just for the woman, and usually features some sort of expensive stone.
I think it is weird to buy your own engagement ring, it is a gift and a promise of marriage, not sure how buying your own fulfills more than a gift to yourself. Mine was a surprise, kind off (the jeweler slipped up and asked if I wanted to see my ring when I dropped off some stones for him hubby had cut) and was more than a ring for me. Then again i had the traditional wedding as well where my Dad gave me away and I believe that is a sweet tradition and this is from someone who has a poor relationship with her Dad.
I might just HAVE to buy my own! *sighs*
Me - Kristi, 30
DD - Leia, July 5 2008
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I didn't propose but I did go get a calendar and tell him to pick a wedding day. We had already talked about getting married because some things had happened to make us realize we wanted to make our relationship legal, but whenever the conversation turned to, do we elope or have family, when do we want to do it, etc. he'd clam up. So one night after another go-round over it, I accused him of not wanting to get married at all and lying to me about how commited he was, and when he said he really did want to marry me, I said , then pick a day right now. And he did.
The number of U.S. states in which a person can marry the person they love regardless of gender: 30 and counting!
We'd already talked about it and agreed it was something we both ultimately wanted, but one day we were sitting in this gorgeous park looking out over the water and I proposed. We got married in that same park.
I love that story, Laurie.
And very shallowly, I do not care if my engagement ring is an outdated custom from the patriarchy, I love it.
-Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)
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I also think that if an engagement ring makes everybody happy, then by all means, go get one!