Is there a season for love, engagement and marriage? People keep falling in love all through the year. Any season is a season of love. However, when it comes down to the statistics, we see that there are some particular months in a year when people seem to go blind.
Many couples go for an engagement ring. Others choose the wedding ring. Usually a precious stone set on a band is chosen as a gift for the special one. Often the engagement ring and the wedding ring are mistaken to be the same. The engagement ring is the one the man proposes to the girl with. It is supposedly made of a large diamond set in a ring. People may buy both or either.
The woman is expected to wear it after she accepts the proposal. It is an indication to the world that she is taken. Though the size and price of the ring vary, the stone that is mostly favored for such occasions is the diamond. The engagement ring is worn in the third finger.
During the wedding, the girl and the boy exchange vows and exchange rings too. These rings are usually simpler than the engagement rings. It is marked by the lack of a prominent stone. Both partners are given a ring and they wear it in the third finger on their left hand. At this time, the girl moves her engagement ring, if she has one to the third finger on her right hand. The two rings may later be stacked one on top of the other.
Although marketing has a big role to play in it, these rings have been seen to be a mark of a man’s wealth. No man wants to feel inadequate. To please his wife-to-be and her family, he is sure to get one for her lady love. Often the price is a matter of secrecy and men have been found to exaggerate in an attempt to please.
Despite everyone knowing that a ring is not the only factor or the deciding factor in a marriage, there’s no denying that it pleases the woman mightily.
Should women wear both? It depends. Flashier rings see more of their wearer flaunting them. Wedding bands for couples are sold together, often. Some shopkeepers sell engagement and wedding rings together as a set.
Men usually wear wedding bands that are thicker than their counterparts’. Often they contain stones such as diamonds or other precious gems. Wedding bands for couples may cost a bomb but it depends on the brand, the metal, the location, design, and other factors such as size. Usually wedding bands do not contain precious stones or if they do smaller ones. Hence, engagement rings turn out to be costlier.
Due to social pressure, men may go out of their way to buy a ring that costs him his two month’s salary. But there is no such rule that he has to. No woman would like to see her fiancé in a financial mess. The rings are a symbol of unity and commitment to each other. The bond goes beyond the rings and stones. They are sealed with love and respect. However, traditions require us to follow certain norms and these bands are part of that societal norm.
Though men like to surprise their fiancée with the engagement ring and hence shop for it alone, wedding ring can be a more mutual affair and involve both partners.
Marriages are made in heaven but sealed here on this earth. Wedding bands are a symbolic exchange of the oath and commitment that the two people involved feel towards each other and the marriage.