(Closed) I found this an interesting read – Engagement rings.

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
1512 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I knew the middle one, but not the other two. A couple days ago, I read where the garter toss originated. It was also interesting.

“The garter tradition originated back to the 14th century. In parts of Europe the guests of the bride and groom believed having a piece of the bride’s clothing was thought to bring good luck. They would actually destroy the brides dress by ripping off pieces of fabric. Obviously, this tradition did not sit well with the bride, so she began throwing various items to the guests – the garter being one of them. It became customary for the bride to toss the garter to the men. But this also caused a great problem for the bride….sometimes the men would get drunk, become impatient and try to remove the garter ahead of time. Therefore, the custom derived at having the groom remove and toss the garter to the men. With this change, the bride began to toss the bridal boutique to the unwed girls who were eligible for marriage.”

I definitely would be been pissed if people started tearing my dress apart.

Post # 4
182 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Very cool! Thanks for sharing. 

Post # 5
5199 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

Yeah, engagement rings do not have the most purely romantic of historical purposes. I remember reading about the “ownership” idea years ago and I never thought of engagement rings the same way ever again, ha ha. I do not hesitate to admit this is partly why I forgo an engagement ring originally before we married! I also recently posted a short news article here as well about the history of the engagement ring which focused more on its history as some security for a woman’s “lost” virginity if a man broke off the engagement. 

Where I live you can still sue for a broken engagement. We are one of the few jurisdictions in Canada/US where you still can, as I understand. I have yet to come across it in my own legal career though, though it would be interesting!

Post # 7
726 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

There was actually a radio show in my town one day recently about the last one and callers were calling it about bringing the ability to sue whoever cut off the engagement back into practice. I think almost everyone that called in was in favor!

Post # 8
3000 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I love history tidbits like that 🙂

Post # 9
4663 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

hmmm ownership eh?

makes sense!

Post # 10
530 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012 - Hacienda los Agaves

Ownersip? wow, it’s interesting tough.

Post # 11
4714 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1998

Thanks for sharing girl!

Post # 12
1360 posts
Bumble bee

I don’t look at it as ‘ownership’, even though that’s what was originally intended. I look at it as a ‘partnership’…which is why I plan to buy Fiance an engagement ring as well.

Nice article; I actually read this the other day!

Post # 13
9483 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

The ownership thing doesn’t surprise me at all.

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