Obviously it is to loud to talk, so he revealed a t shirt with a big red heart printed on it, in the heart two rings and a question mark. He tried to give me flowers in freefall, but since I was so perplex, we missed each other and he had to give me the flowers after we landed with our parachutes.
My husband proposed with a personalized gold band I hate diamonds , and we got married outdoors next to a river in hiking clothes. Cobblestone Path to the Mountain Here Sorrow. All this to say…all this emphasis on the ring and the dress yadayadayada can get overblown…. The only ring I had on was three entwined silver bands that I still wear to this day. In , my parents were PhD candidates in the Midwest who had been dating for about a year. Some brides are bringing such a big entourage, no wonder it all ends in drama!!! In the last part, I will consider how French is used to negotiate the tensions of reason and passion, fantasy and reality , which conclude with a triumph of English over French values.
It was very romantic and after this most special jump we celebrated with our friends, it was such a beautiful day and we are still in love 10 years later! In Singapore, the younger generation, more exposed to commercialism and materialism, tend to secretly wish for an overblown proposal like in New York. My mum rolled her eyes a little, died a little inside out of happiness, and said okay. I want to have a diamond ring one day.
Big one to wear on my index finger as I boss people around with my finger. That would be divine. This is a nice post comparing two different cultures. I never had a long term relationship so thinking about engagement is way far off but I would go with the Frenchies, for sure! Oh I understand you! Sounds like cats fighting to me all this engagement ring yada-yada, they take it so seriously! Scary huh? If the father agrees, the couple have his blessing. The simbolism in this is that she is being welcome in the family as someone of the family. After the blessings and permissions, the couple buy the wedding rings.
Yes, wedding rings. Not engagement ring. They both shall wear it on their right hand for the duration of the engagement. Before the wedding they are supposed to polish the rings and engrave them and those will be the rings they will get married with.
I would love to have one. I felt so bad for those poor men under all the pressure to buy an amazing ring — when usually they know NOTHING about jewellery, let alone diamonds — and suddenly have to spend thousands of pounds on one…SO…I set up a business as an Engagement Ring Finder!! I have secret phonecalls, emails, meetings and even shopping trips sometimes! I love my job. The men wanting to find something unique and original are so much cooler than the lazy ones who end up in Tiffany….
Maybe I should set up a branch in NYC! I used to call myself an Engagement Ring Hunter until I realised that made me sound like I desperately wanted to get engaged…not so cool…. My boyfriend of 8 years, took me to New York in February This bag was carried around with him for 5 days setting off numerous shop security systems, until we stopped at The Odeon bar in Tribeca mid afternoon for a cheeky cocktail.
Joe downed his and promptly ordered another one, which I thought was weird, he seemed nervous. There was no one else sat at the bar and it was a snowy, freezing afternoon.
The ring was one I had noticed years ago in Vogue which I showed him a picture of. He remembered, and that was what makes my ring to special to me. He remembered after all those years. I love the end of your comment!!! He remembered!!!!! Je garde mon tout petit solitaire. Us — little Frenchies, are way too romantic… All the talks around me is about how?
And how big!! That being said, I am not ready to get one, but if the moment would come, I would expect a beautiful one!
True story! Of course these days its all a bit more straightforward but the meeting of the parents to negotiate before the engagement is still important.
However, I had a very modern engagement- after he asked, and I agreed, we updated our facebook status and the whole world knew about it in 15 minutes! I have an oval diamond that is just over 1 carat. We had a simple ceremony, a small wedding — 75 or so guests — and since many were from out of town, we really focused on the reception. Feeling the love of everyone that day was the best part. Its boring. So we knew we wanted to get married when we both lived in the U. But we were sure we wanted something with just the two of us at a courthouse or something.
I am sure you know the concept as you are french…. Totally did not expect all that. And totally did not expect my tears that came with all this either. All this to say…all this emphasis on the ring and the dress yadayadayada can get overblown…. You forget how much the chivalry means. Il y a des choses plus importantes donc. Here in Norway I think it is much the same as in France. My American friends are shocked that I have been with my boyfriend for more than five years without even talking about marriage.
We live together, and talk about having kids, but the marriage thing is not so important. I think many Norwegians are the same, although a lot also choose to get married. But it is not unusual to wait years before tying the knot, and even having a baby or two before then. The wedding can be an excuse to have a great party with lots of good friends. Luckily — we both thought that way. Because telling all other stuff can make him unnecesarily nervous ;-. Thanks for sharing!
So beautiful! However I would take the spontaneous declaration of love over the orchestrated proposal any day of the week: PS my husband had a plan which I foiled so it ended up being very casual!
I would like to reply to Jennifer, as a fellow countryman woman? Most couples I know are NOT going the big old family-feast with dance party following route but are doing what they like: a big party, a small dinner, a garden party, BBQ, nothing at all, eloping and drinks later on. We were quite traditional, we had a reception and a dinner following, but not it was us. No buffet, no dancing, really, really good food, only the people we truly loved and cared about. I notice most of my friends from Oost and West Flanders still prefer the classic massive feast.
I could not agree with you more. So much emphasis is put on getting engaged and planning a wedding but very little into making the marriage last. As for me I could care less. We did both small, but very romantic. We wanted intimacy, not extravagance. The only thing is that my husband did not consult me about the engagement ring. I had no idea he was going to propose, my French side kept me very blaze about it all. I wish I could have dropped some style hints to him. I would have requested diamond stud earrings instead of a ring, or a very simple, modern ring style.
We may be the exception.
Most couples go into debt on their wedding day. I never thought that stylish. I want my fairy tale!!!
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I think part of the difference on the two sides of the pond might be economic, as in recent decades at least until the crisis , it was much easier for young people to get a foothold economically in America than in Europe. My boyfriend is Italian and I know how difficult it is for young people there to get independently established, financially speaking.
Of course the tradition of a ring and the associated value is also influenced greatly by culture. In Canada, where I live, we see much lower rates of marriage and much higher relative rates of co-habitation and having children together without being married, in Quebec rather than in the English-speaking parts. Part of that though is an extension of a forty-year push away from the opressiveness of the Catholic church in Quebec, especialy relative to women, in earlier decades.
Americans need to be more concerned with the marriage rather than the ring.