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    I was engaged to my wife for about 9 months. We were together for 3 years before that. I asked her father if I could marry her before I asked her.

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    Handfastings

    In some ancient Pagan cultures, a trial run was given to a couple for a year and a day, living like a common law husband and wife before deciding they really wanted to marry that person. Perhaps that's where the engagement tradition came from. Nowadays, handfastings have become an absolute joke and some neo-pagans have made a mockery of it.

    I've never been engaged and I'm not really a stickler for tradition, having had my kids first off!
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    In central European Catholic communities the marriage was arranged once the baby was on the way.
    I would tell my daughters not to have a relationship with a man whose children you do not want. Only have a relationship with a man whose children you would want even if he abandoned you. Then to make sure that he believes in one man one woman for life. Then make sure he wants babies and loves you. Then get pregnant. Then get engaged then get married.
    We did this and it worked. 20 years and eight kids later.

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    I've never been engaged, or ever even had a girlfriend. Considering my age, it's unlikely I ever will.

    Even if anyone were interested in me, I don't think I'd get engaged and married. I'm not the type of person who enjoys the company of others for extended periods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brynhild View Post
    In some ancient Pagan cultures, a trial run was given to a couple for a year and a day, living like a common law husband and wife before deciding they really wanted to marry that person. Perhaps that's where the engagement tradition came from. Nowadays, handfastings have become an absolute joke and some neo-pagans have made a mockery of it.
    My wife and I lived together for 2 years before we decided to get married. It was definitely helpful. We fought a lot and then eventually grew to appreciate eachothers company. It was helpful because we knew either of us could go at any moment if we wished and after we were married it was truly like nothing had really changed between us.

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    I believe in engagement and marriage. It's not necessary, and if people prefer not to, that's fine. But I enjoy the gestures and ceremonies. My fiance and I are planning quite a Pagan-style (outdoors, woodland) wedding and I'm quite looking forward to it. We've been together almost 5 years, engaged for 3 (we're saving and in no rush) so clearly we don't NEED to marry. We just want to for the experience and ceremony of it all.
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    surely once you have agreed to get married you are engaged no matter how that agreement comes about and how you wish to celebrate that if at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blood_Axis View Post
    ...If I want to get married then I'll just go ahead and do it, not need to go through this procedure.
    You can still do this, nobody's suggesting engagement should be compulsory. It's not necessarily possible to get married immediately, often things take time to arrange. I can see no harm in telling people you're engaged in the meantime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haereticus View Post
    You can still do this, nobody's suggesting engagement should be compulsory. It's not necessarily possible to get married immediately, often things take time to arrange. I can see no harm in telling people you're engaged in the meantime.
    exactly, nobody "just gets married" as if it's a suggestion of somthing to do that very same day when talking during breakfast, theres going to be a period even if it's only weeks of planning it and inviting people to any services.

    This period is engagement, everything else what you do with engagement is upto you and your traditions whether you want to buy rings or whatever
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    Do any other Americans remember Dr. Laura Schlessinger? She had a radio advice show, and whenever a caller mentioned a fiance, she'd immediately interrupt and demand to know if they had a "ring and a date". Usually they didn't. I've used that line on many a dream-filled friend and peer over the years.

    A word to the wise: the "tradition" of giving a diamond ring is only about 80 years old. It hails from a marketting campaign from the 1920's. The price of diamonds is artificially inflated - if all the diamonds that are stored away were released immediately, they'd become virtually worthless. A nice gold or silver band will do, possibly with a gem that holds some significance to the two of you.

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