Diamonds are a girl’s best friend…well, next to the groom, of course! Two of my very best friends got engaged this weekend and we had a small engagement party for them to celebrate last night. During the festivities, the subject of how much a groom is ‘supposed’ to pay for an engagement ring came into topic. The most typical answer is about two months salary, which most of us were accustomed to. But where on earth did this ‘rule’ originate from?
In a small amount of research I did today, I found out that the origin of the ‘two months salary rule’ actually came from DeBeers, one of the largest diamond producers in the world! In 1947 DeBeers launched a marketing campaign to increase diamond sales quoting, A Diamond Is Forever…we’ve all heard that one at least a hundred times! But if you think about it, it’s very appropriate and true. Diamonds, like a marriage, are meant to last forever, so why not put one on the hand of the person you’ll be with for the rest of your life? Marriage is an investment, just as the diamond is for an engagement ring.
Once you’ve proposed, or been proposed to, many bride and grooms will host an engagement party to celebrate their upcoming nuptials and kick-off the start of their wedding planning. Engagement parties can be fairly simple, with a small gathering of family and friends, champagne, hors d’oeuvres, finger foods, music and mingling. It’s also a great way to introduce two different families or groups of friends to one another if everyone is not acquainted prior. When planning your engagement party you’ll want to send out your invitations about 2-3 weeks before the engagement party celebration. We have some brand new engagement party invitations which we think you’ll love, shown below…
Remember when hosting your engagement party celebration that you should not expect gifts from your guests. It is customary for a guest to maybe bring a bottle of wine, champagne or a bridal planning book to help you celebrate, but it should certainly not be expected. In other words, there’s no need to rush out and register before your engagement party celebration. You’ll receive plenty of gifts and good wishes during the upcoming months. The engagement party should really just celebrate the happy couple in love and their lifelong journey ahead!