Wedding Engagements

The pre-marriage period known as Engagement. Proper etiquette concerning this special time between dating and marriage is discussed here.

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How long should two young people be going out before they get engaged or tell their parents they are engaged?

It depends how young you are. If you aren't 18 - 21 I would rethink getting engaged. In these modern times more and more young people are not getting married until their mid-twenties or even into their 30's. Don't be in too big a rush.

If you are 18 - 21 and insistant on becoming engaged then you should tell each of your parents. Depending on what State you live in there isn't much a parent can do from 18 up to stop an engagement or marriage, but please, listen to the wise ... your parents! If you are truly in love, then engagements and marriage can wait a year or so. If you worry that each of you will separate then you really aren't confident in each other enough to get married.

My boyfriend and I have been together for almost two years and we just know we are meant for each other. However, we are waiting (painfully) until we reach a "respectable" age (I am turning twenty and he is turning twenty-one) It is hard, because all I want is to be his wife and he feels the same but we know we will be together until death parts us and what is a few years compared to that. In a way, you could say we are engaged, we just have not made the announcement to the world. In our hearts, we know we will be together always and we can wait a little while longer until we have the piece of paper that says I am his wife. It doesn't mean we can't start planning our life together though! About telling parents, our parents already know without us saying anything that we will marry (I am already considered a daughter to his parents!) You have to think about what marriage really means to you. I am "married" to my future husband in my heart, and I am just waiting a few years until I can announce this joyous news to the world!

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What is engaged?

Engaged is when a guy asks a girl to marry him.

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How long can you stay engaged before you get married or can an engagement last forever without marriage?

I think that depends on the couple in the relationship.You need to have a serious talk about your goals as a couple. If you're worried about "losing" something by getting married;maybe you should reconsider what you really want.If it's really right, then marriage shouldn't change it, in that way. It really depends on the two people involved and what they want. Don't let anyone try to tell you there is a right or a wrong way, just do what is right for you both.

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How old do you have to be before you get engaged?

Doesn't matter. No law limits the age of engagement. Actual marriage is limited and in North America you must be 18 or have parental permission to get married.

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Same-Sex Marriage

At what age can same-sex couples get engaged?

Engagement is a social rite and is not legally binding or controlled by law. In states where same-sex marriage has been legalized, the minimum age is the same for same-sex couples as for heterosexual couples. This age is usually 18, although exceptions are sometimes made with either parental or judicial consent. In states where same-sex marriage has not been legalized, you can get engaged but will either have to wait for marriage equality to come to your state or travel out-of-state for your wedding.

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Should you be engaged at 16?

If you want it and your parents agree then so be it, but you're not paying very good attention to real life. Young people today want to have more fun, get a better education, career, travel and enjoy themselves and those are the smart ones because youth flies by in the blink of an eye. A high percentage of young people today are not getting married until their late 20's into their mid-30's. It's a wonderful dream to think of the perfect husband/wife with a little house, the white picket fence, children, two cars, and fun! Well, it's hard work and once married it means paying mortgages, taxes on property, bills and more bills. It's tough work and your social life can slip right down the drain and those nice vacations you may have dreamed about go right out the window. Marriage is a good thing at the right time, but hon, you're too young! Give yourself a chance and taste some of life before you settle down.

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How can i tell my boyfriend you want to get engaged?

Just get him on his own and tell him how you feel, it worked for me!!

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What do you call someone your about to marry?

"Fiance" Well fiancé is for a man and fiancée is for a woman.

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How can a man make such passionate love to a woman and then go and cheat?

Most men love women, and thank God, most men are loyal and stick with one woman. It's obvious men don't think like women. Women are more prone to be faithful and truly in love, while men can be fickle and enjoy the attention of other women. He thinks he's a great lover and has something to prove to himself by cheating several times. Men (and some women) like to be "stroked" and complimented and while most of us mature and get over this some don't. I'd kick this guy to the curb. He's old leather .... send his spurs flying out the door after him and let's hope they stick where the sun don't shine! Marcy It's about stroking a man's ego...and the more strokes he gets, the bigger he his (no pun intended). It's been a year and a half since my fiance now husband cheated and I constantly ask him this same question. He can never quite give me an answer other than he said he was weak. I believe women are stronger than mean when it comes to cheating. Women say no, men say more.... Answer Simply put, many men separate passionate sex and committed love.

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Can you get married to a Spanish man if he is separated from his wife and and you are a white South African woman?

  • Race has nothing to do with your situation, but the fact this Spanish man is only separated means he would have to apply for a divorce to legalize your marriage. If he marries you without doing this then he is a bigamist.
  • it depends if your fat and you smell
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What are 5 Example of short interior monolog?

Usually you put what, where, when and other details like weather (etc.)

Its only one and it's sort of long but here:

I got here on time, right? Ten o'clock is what he said, then why was he acting rude? I really hope he likes my resume. What if he makes me run errands or get the mail? I hope one day I'll be the editor-and-chief of the New York Times. I don't want to be stuck doing all the boring articles like obituaries in the magazine. I want to be the best reporter known to man. All the action will be captured when I report it, like when Obama has his next speech. But what if he doesn't like me, what if it doesn't work out? And if it doesn't work out then what, I go back to working at the Print Shop? No, that is not happening, because I'm going to get the job. Well on the resume I included I graduated from Chico State and I just hope all my other little jobs were enough. I want to move out of my parent's house so I could really use the money for a new place. Having all my own stuff and starting my own life, instead of being known as the girl next door who still lives with her parents. I wish he would just come back into his office and tell me if I got in or not. Some footsteps, I hope it's him telling me I got the job. Nope, not him, jeez what is taking so long? This office is so big and open I hope mine is just like it when I come to work here. I like the big office just minus the ugly purple chairs and the weird clowns all over the room, kind of creeping me out. Oh, I hear talking outside the door. Sit up straight, smile on your face, and eye contact!

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Cattle Reproduction

When is the most romantic time of year to propose marriage?

It depends on the woman. Some women don't care when or where you propose to them as long as you do. Usually Valentine's Day is the most romantic time of year. Some women want the special day to remember when there is no holiday or occasion such as Graduation, her birthday, Christmas, etc. You know her best. As long as it's over a romantic dinner then you can't lose. The most romantic time of the year to propose is on Valentines Day. That's when she is going to be so surprised she's not going to expect you to do nothing like that. She probably won't expect nothing at all. So yeah that's the most romantic time of the year. As a woman, I would suggest against Valentine's Day, but that's just me. Think about what kind of girl this is. Does she love to go to the beach in the summer and hate the cold? Then don't propose to her during a snow storm! Is she from an area of the country that has beautiful fall foliage? Is Christmas her favorite holiday? You can make it even more special for her by proposing then. Think about what's important to your girlfriend, and what kinds of weather she likes. Then decide.

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Ways to say let's get married?

  • When you ask a girl to marry you make sure it's in a romantic place such as a candlelit dinner at your place; a quiet romantic restaurant; perhaps in parking your car at one of your favorite spots such as looking from a cliff over the city lights, etc. If you just say 'lets get married' it sounds like more of a chore on your part and not something you are being honest about. You could also go to her place and get down on one knee and ask her to marry you. Make it romantic!
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Should you give your fiance the GIA chart and appraisal after you giver her the ring?

not after the wedding.

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Can a 19-year-old guy get in trouble for dating a minor if her parents consent?

As long as he does not have sex with her, no. --- at least in MOST jurisdictions

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What do you call your girlfriend when your engaged?

A fiance.

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When did Prince Charles and Princess Diana get engaged?

Charles and Diana became engaged in February 1981, and it was announced officially on the 24th of that month.

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How do you write leave application to attend the sister's marriage?

To, Mr. Praveen Kumar Sharma, Srishyam Computers, Mathura. Respected Sir, Subject: Application for leave It is requested that a leave of absence be granted on account of my nefue's birthday. I shall be unable to attend my duties from the 30th of MAY. Please grant me leave for the same,

Your cooperation in this regard is deeply appreciated.

Regards, Deepak Chahar.

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How long should you be dating before you get married?

A lot longer than most people do. It's a proven fact that couples that get married at an older age to someone who they've been dating for a long time are the ones who are least likely to get a divorce. And don't start multiplying the moment you get married either. Things change when you're living with someone. Wait at least a few years. And I guess you're probably wanting me to give you an exact amount of time that you should date someone before getting married. It depends on a lot of things, but I'd say at *least*, 2-3 years. But if you aren't sure, then wait longer. If there is any chance that waiting longer is going to cause a problem in the relationship, then there is something wrong with the relationship, and this needs to be solved completely *before* you marry them. -DJ Craig

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Is it all right for a 15-year-old and an 18-year-old to get engaged without rings if you are going to get married soon?

15 is simply too young to be thinking of marriage and even 18 is young. More and more young people are waiting until they are in their late 20s to early 30s to get married and some have children and others prefer not to. You need your education (or you will never be an independent woman) and even though you may feel now that you don't want to be independent you are going to have to trust me on the fact there will come a time in your life when you want to start flexing your own muscles of independence. If you don't get a decent education, you won't be able to get a job to be independent, and by marrying at such a young age you will be saddled at home with a couple of children with your nose pressed against a pane of glass watching your friends go off and have fun. The answer to your question ... if people are in love a ring doesn't make much difference one way or the other, but here's another point ... if two people are in love they can wait to legally get married. Marcy

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How do women feel when a guy is so much in love with her and proposes with a ring and she turns him down but he and she has no desire to keep or return the ring for a refund he wants to throw it away?

I am sorry to hear that things didn't work out for you. Most men go to a lot of love and labor to find the right ring to resent to his girlfriend and if she refuses then it really hurts. Most women feel very badly about declining, and if she didn't give you a reason she should have. She is right not to keep the ring, and you should take it back to the store. I don't understand why your girlfriend would have any say in the matter as to tell you one way or the other when and if you should take the ring back for a refund. Sounds to me like she is considering taking the ring at a later date. Most jewelers are very understanding of this problem and you are not the first nor the last to go through such a tough time. If you don't want to do this, then keep the ring until you meet the right girl. As long as your girlfriend has not worn the ring it is still considered new and can be presented to another woman I am sure you will fall in love with. Don't be so sure your girlfriend won't accept the ring later. Perhaps it's just too soon for her to make this decision or perhaps you both are in college and have future plans or she is chasing a career. This doesn't mean she doesn't love you. I'd let her know loud and clear that you are taking the ring back for the refund. It really does sound to me she is playing coy and by telling you not to take it back for a refund she expects you to keep it and therefore she is quite comfortable in her own time frame to let you know in the future that she may want to get engaged. I think it's wrong, because it hurts you and I think you should force her hand by telling her you've made the decision to take the ring back for a refund because you simply want your money back. This will get her brain cells tinking! I know you are really hurt and want to chuck the ring into the nearest river, but please don't! Either return it to the jewelery store or keep it for future use. Good luck Marcy

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When do most people get engaged?

More than 25% of people get engaged during the winter holiday season (Christmas, Thanksgiving, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah), beyond that it is relatively random but affected by personal events, family traditions, and local holidays.

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What are causes of moral degeneration among youth?

There are many factors that contribute to the moral degeneration among youth. This is an incredibly complex question and requires a proper response from a social psychologist.

I'll get the ball rolling with my personal opinions and invite discussion.

For one, there are too many media images, movies and games that not only neutralize violence but often glorify it, so kids develop a sense of fun from all of this, rather than being horrified or afraid.

There is not enough tough love from parents and guardians to help youth understand there are consequences to actions and that there are boundaries we must maintain to keep our society somewhat healthy.

Some of us want our children to grow up being 'individuals' who can follow their dreams so we give too much leeway and responsibility without expectations or guidance.

Some of us have no time to spend with our kids since we either work too much or we are busy following our own dreams. Our kids grow up learning boundaries and rules from social media and games.

Some of us ply kids with electronics and electronic media without any monitoring and where kids find social acceptance or even glory from intangible actions which builds a confidence that is removed from reality.

Some parents and guardians are just so dysfunctional they shouldn't be allowed to raise children.

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How are you engaged?

You are engaged when someone asks you to marry them and spend the rest of your lives together and you accept and agree to marry them.

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Is a marriage legal if a marriage certificate is not issued?

That would depend upon the laws of the state in which the union occurred. However, state laws require that the person who can perform legal marriages must issue a certificate of marriage to the couple after the ceremony has been performed. A copy of the certificate is then made a part of public record. Certain government agencies such as the Social Security Administration require a certificate of marriage before they will change the woman's name on SS records (assuming she wants to take her husband's surname). A marriage license is not acceptable proof that the marriage has taken place.

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