(Closed) What does the idea of an engagement ring mean to you?

posted 9 years ago in Waiting
Post # 3
56 posts
Worker bee

Apart from the fact that I really love rings, for me the idea of an engagement ring represents the commitment of that couple. 


Also I love the fact that your boyfriend has found the time to research your likes and dislikes in that scenario, most of them do know that THE ring is important. However, size is not everything, knowing that your boyfriend has saved up for that particular ring also means a lot to me 🙂

Post # 4
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

For me, the engagement ring was a promise. My fiance is an American Citizen and I am British, so when he gave me the ring a week before I left the US for home, I received it as a promise that we would commit ourselves to eachother and work towards marriage.

Wearing my ring makes me smile because it signifies that I am loved by my fiance and going to be united with him forever (hopefully!).

Post # 5
416 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Honestly, my ring is perfect for me however, my Fiance could have put a twist tie around my finger and it would have been equally as happy (but thats just me).

Post # 6
1360 posts
Bumble bee

The ring, in my opinion, symbolizes the expression of a couple’s love for each other. And that can’t be determined by size, shape, or stone, but simply by how much effort was put into it to make it truly special for their significant other.

I personally wouldn’t even need a ring. Although it is a symbol of my SO’s love, I am already well aware of how much and how deeply he cares for me.

I guess the ring is honestly mostly for other people to see that you’re committed to someone.

Post # 7
9814 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I don’t place that kind of value on something that can be lost. I love my ring, I love what it means, but my heart is in my marriage and children. My ring is a nice piece of jewelry to look at.

Post # 8
1811 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I love my ring (a lot!), but I think the important thing about an engagement is the committment made by both people.  My Fiance made it very clear that when he proposed he was promising me that he would never give up on me and do whatever it take to make our marriage work, and when I accepted I was making the same promise to him.

Post # 9
4710 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1998

Honestly it meant alot until we got married and now my wedding ring means everything. I am planning to upgrade the e-ring to a bit more my style in the next few months. But honeslty before we got married it meant alot more but now it is just a complement to my wedding and anniversary band 🙂

Post # 10
1212 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It’s a ring…to me the most important part of getting engaged was that he asked me to marry him and wanted to spend his life with me. I don’t really think one little item can symbolize that.

The ring is a lovely reminder when I look down at it that he did ask me and that we will be getting married, but if he hadn’t been able to get one at the time it wouldn’t have taken anything out of the moment.

Even though we will be getting married less than a year since he asked, it was kind of annoying when people saw the ring to immediately ask if we had a date. I took a couple of months to even think about that because I wanted to enjoy this stage of our relationship being that it took so long to get here for us emotinally. I didn’t see the ring as a wedding planning trigger that some expected me too, and I’m glad. I can appreciate it for it’s beauty and know that our relationship doesn’t hinge on this one item.

Post # 11
1209 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I think the ring is a nice piece of jewelry, but it’s more of a symbol than anything. It symbolizes the love we have for each other and the commitment of a life-time together. I would be just as happy with a rubber band as I would be with a diamond ring. 

Post # 12
5145 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

To me the ring is just an “extra”. Nice to have, but not necessary.

I actually opted out of an engagement ring before we got married, for various reasons. I just went with a wedding band. When allergies and comfort issues cropped up, I replaced it with a new set that included a ring more in an “engagement ring style”, developed allergies (different ones) again, and replaced it with another set. After all this searching for ones that worked and fit for me, they are very treasured.

That being said – I love my rings, love what they represent, and I love wearing beautiful jewelery that is reflective in a way of “me”, but to me the sentiment comes from the way my husband and I live in relationship to each other, not from the physical rings themselves. Our commitment and the promises we made and make to each other are entirely independent of the rings we each wear, and an engagement ring originally was never important to me to know that he was committed to me and our relationship.

I wear the rings to honour and symbolize that commitment to the world, and believe they are gorgeous and are representative to me of our marriage and life together, but it does not matter to me that they are entirely different rings than I had at the start of our engagement and marriage.


Post # 13
1278 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Personally, the ring is just a symbol, but I would move forward with a $10 ring! For me it signifies the official start to our creating our own family and showing others that we are in this for the long haul

Post # 14
1085 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

All the engagement ring means to me is that it’s a symbol that I am forever taken and wont budge. It’s a “Hey creepy pervs, I’m taken so BACK OFF” unfortunately it still doesn’t work for everyone 🙁 But it’s the vows that have real meaning to me

Post # 15
1430 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

To me it represents a bond between two people, commitment, and a promise.

Post # 16
2141 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

It’s a gift to mark a new stage in your relationship, and an outward sign to the world that you are to be married, but I don’t really think of it as symbolizing “the relationship” or “our love” as a whole- no object could do that for me. 

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