Does a man need to buy an engagement ring to propose? What if he can't afford one? Does it mean the proposal have to wait?


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  • the ring is just a symbol, it all comes down to the couple and how they want to proceed with their relationship. can always pick out the ring later together. plus girls are way better at picking out jewellery 😂

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  • Not necessary. If you love one anther a materialistic thing shouldn't matter.

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  • No a man does not need to buy an engagement ring to propose to a woman to tell her that he wants to love her for the rest of his life. If he cannot afford one the love he shares with that young lady is the wedding ring in itself. And no it doesn't have to wait a man should Express the way he feels about a woman and how much he loves her and the Gratitude he has for her being in his life every day especially on the day that he thinks that his life should be spent with her

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  • I still support using ring pops! www.candywarehouse.com/.../ring-pop-on-hand.jpg

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  • There are commitment rings.

    My grandfather gave my grandmother one before he was able to afford a engagement ring to propose to her.

    if he isn't running around spending money on himself. Its acceptable, they are a nice way of letting the other person know ☺.

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  • In all honesty, if he can't afford a decent ring, when you have no business getting married as finances aren't settled yet or employment is still a problem. Marriage doesn't fix these things and love doesn't pay the bills. It doesn't mean you can't get married, or he can't propose, it just means now isn't the best time.

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  • If rings and certificates mean more to people than actual companionship... Good luck.

    Back to the question lol. It's all about symbolism. Your chap could afford something if he can afford anything. Doesn't have to be crazy diamonds, so long as you yourself only care about thr size and expense of said ring. He could make you one out of fibre glass/paper mache... A ring is merely a symbol.

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  • No. That's a common lie proposed by and supported by the jewelry industry. It sells a lot of product. The ring is no more essential to the engagement than a flag is essential to found a nation. It's merely a common symbology.
    That said, it IS a traditional step, and your offer is likely to be met less favorably without it.

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  • If your marriage is a financial decision then yes. If your marriage is a decision of love and wanting to spend the rest of your life with someone, then who gives a damn if there is a ring?

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  • If it's in his financial means, I do think he should buy a ring for the symbolism. It's a tricky one as I don't think he should be a cheap-ass but at the same time, spending a shit load of money can look vulgar and materialistic and almost like a woman can be bought.

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    • Ehhh, I’d have to disagree.
      My parents married before my dad became a successful businessman, back when they were pretty much broke young adults, and my mom didn’t love him for his future money.
      He saved for over a year and then borrowed from my mothers parents to buy an incredibly beautiful, expensive ring that my mother still cherishes. They’ve been happily married for over twenty years and still act like newlyweds, I’ve never seen anyone more in love.
      My dad has even offered to replace the ring (my mom is a tad clumsy and has dropped it more then once) but she adamantly refuses, she still treasures that ring, and not because of the price tag.

    • Good for you. Your difference of opinion won't change mine.

  • I don't care what my financial situation is, when I propose I'm buying my girl a rock 💍

    That being said... if you can't afford one, I don't think it should be an issue and the the guy can still propose.

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  • I bought a engagement ring for my first ex-girlfriend
    and always said i would never do it again cause that
    ring cost me over $200.00. than 5 days later she breaks
    up with me cause of lies her mother filled in her head
    about dating certain guys. So she believed her mom.

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  • It used to be the etiquette that the proposal would happen but wasn't official until it was announced, with a ring exchanged. The man would propose, then visit a reputable jeweler and have the jeweler set aside several rings in his budget, then have the lady choose from among them.

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  • FH could propose to me with a rick pop, a piece f string, his shoelace - anything it doesn't matter. It doesn't mean the proposal has to wait, we aren't getting married to whore ourselves out on fb.
    I am not materialistic at all, as long as it came from his heart, thats all i want

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  • It is not about ring that is really relevant. You can get engaged without it. I would. The problem is if you can't afford ring, do you really want get married in bad financial situation? Are you working, is she?

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  • People take marriage too lightly. That's probably why most of them fail. I think you really need to have your stuff they're before you commit to another for, potentially, the next 60 years. If you can't afford a ring then you probably aren't ready.

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  • If the man isn’t rich and can’t afford an expensive ring, he can always just buy a cheap ring for less than $10. I don’t need some fancy ring, but I wouldn’t find it a proper proposal without one

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  • He doesn't necessarily have to buy a ring, but he should have at least some kind of ring to propose with.

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  • It’s not a necessity but I think it’s fun and romantic. But you can get a beautiful ring for just a few hundred dollars. I don’t know what’s with this nonsense of people spending tens of thousands of dollars on engagement rings.

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    • Also, if you can’t afford a ring (even a more affordable one), how can you afford to help pay for a wedding?

  • once my friend gave me a plastic ring she found in some chips packet as a birthday present. you can try that

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  • 1) YES
    2) LOVE WILL FIND A WAY
    3) YES
    Part of the chivalry and allure for the girl is that her boy will find a way to buy her a ring, and the more sacrifice it takes the more valuable and stronger the love is thought to be by her as she knows what her boy has had to do to get it for her. This will greatly increase the bond between them.
    Why will a boy that will not do what ever it takes to show his love for her in this way do anything else to sacrifice for her as the relationship develops? Answer - He won't, he has proven that already.
    A girl wants a boy that she knows, with all certainty, will die for her to defend her and protect her!
    So is working a little extra hard for a ring for her really too much to ask?
    Just wondering:)

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  • If he's worth being engaged to, she won't mind if it’s a rubber band.

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