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Written by Paula Jones Last updated: June 6, 2006
Being certain you want to get married is the crucial rule of engagement
There’s little point in getting engaged if you’re not really intending to set a wedding date. The engagement ring is supposed to be a visible symbol of a promise to wed, as well as something the bride‐to‐be can show her mates.
Don’t make promises you can’t keep. Think twice if:
The one person you might want to tell before you pop the question is the father of the potential bride. It’s traditional to ‘ask for his daughter’s hand in marriage’ and doing so will probably win you lots of brownie points, but there is no reason why this shouldn’t happen after you’ve asked your partner.
Finally, most engagements are secured with the help of a big sparkler! If you choose to present your partner with this ring at the proposal, be very sure that you know her taste in jewellery and her ring size, as she’ll hopefully be wearing it for a very long time. But bear in mind that a lot of women would actually prefer to go out and choose a ring together with their partner.