Hola Board Members!
Two part question here. The first part is mostly just wondering about people's way of thinking. The second is where I need some ideas/information.
Part 1: In your opinion, when does a couple count as engaged? It seems that at BYU especially, it doesn't officially count until the guy has proposed and the girl is wearing a ring (even if they've already reserved the temple). My thought is that an engagement just means that you have talked about it and both agreed to marry one another. Insights?
Part 2: So, depending on your answer to part 1, I may or may not be engaged. Still looking for a ring, but I don't want to spend more than $40 on something that I'm only going to wear for a few months anyways. Something alternative seems cool to me. I'm looking at things like rings made out of coins or a prairie diamond ring. Do you guys have any great suggestions?
I'm not engaged, but I have a prairie diamond and I love it. It’s not a traditional engagement ring, but it has an interesting history and it’s fairly unique. If you’re really committed to not spending money on a gem, then I think this is a valid option.
As to your first question, I think technically you’re engaged when you’ve agreed to marry one another, but it doesn’t seem particularly official unless there’s a ring and a proposal story, since those are the first two things people care about upon hearing that you’re engaged.