The giving of the engagement ring is the final loop in tying the knot. Often the way in which the man presents the engagement ring is creative and well planned. This special event provides wonderful memories for many years to come. Some couples shop for an engagement ring together. While this would ensure that the engagement ring was a perfect fit and met approval, the spontaneity is lost. It is typical for the man to pay for the engagement ring. Shopping for the engagement ring himself makes the giving of the engagement ring seem complete. Many women become caught up in the size of the engagement ring diamond. It is important that a woman feels special, but she also needs to realize that the man should not be pressured into purchasing more of an engagement ring than he can afford. Such emphasis on the importance of a material item is not the best way to begin a relationship. Heirloom engagement rings are also a popular consideration. If a family engagement ring is being given, it is a nice gesture for the man to offer to have the diamond reset into a new setting. (However, make sure the rest of the family is in agreement with the possibility of the engagement ring design change before offering.) The woman may love great grandma's engagement ring just the way it is. But, perhaps a new setting would be a closer match to the wedding bands. An engagement ring is beautiful and exciting--a symbol of lasting love. But, the engagement ring is just that, a symbol. The engagement ring does not cement a marriage. The loving devotion between two people is the strength to weather the tough times and share the joy in the good times.
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