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Wedding Engagement

Tradition behind the Wedding Engagement

Most couples plan a year-long engagement to make preparations for their wedding. In the Anglo-Saxon period, the betrothal ritual involved an exchange of gifts or property between the groom-to-be to the bride-to-be's parents. The custom eventually gave way in the eighteenth century to a courtship whereby a groom chose his bride for reasons of love. Following the era of the arranged marriage when the groom would specify the exact payment he offered for his future wife, the formality of a groom asking the bride-to-be's father for her hand in marriage preserves a trace of history and often serves to cement the relationship between the groom to-be and his future father-in-law.

But with the passage of time this wedding engagement ritual changed completely.
The custom of dowry came forward which was a fixed amount that the bride's father was required to pay to the groom as a token to take care and maintain his daughter for the lifetime. The engagement was the time-period within which the bride's father needed to collect all the necessary items for his daughter to start her life with her husband.

Wedding Engagement in Present Times

Today wedding engagement is a very beautiful and sacred occasion and is the reflection of the strong feelings and commitment that binds the couple together into an eternal bond. It also marks their entry into the world of togetherness and love. So in the contemporary times it is considered to be an auspicious occasion.

'They Deserve It' presents you all the essential significance about wedding engagement both in the traditional and contemporary times.

       

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