In Honor of National Proposal Day, Five Surprising Engagement Facts and Traditions
Since today is National Proposal Day, we've rounded up some of our favorite engagement-related trivia. Click through below to see how often American men propose in public, some of the stranger things men have proposed with historically—thimbles, golden nose rings—and when the idea of the modern engagement ring first emerged. (Then maybe go get a really good manicure, if you're expecting something later.)
In Nordic countries, most men wear wedding bands and engagement rings.
Odds are if you live in Iceland, Sweden or another Nordic country, your fiancé would expect an engagement ring in return for the one he gave you. (Like yours, it'd be probably be a simple gold band.)
In some South American countries, men and women wear the same ring for both engagement and marriage.
After the wedding ceremony, they just switch the rings from their right hands to their left hands to illustrate their new committment.
Most men propose in private.
According to Tailored.co (a members only site that matches brides with wedding products based on their tastes and budgets), 69 percent of their users said the proposal happened in private.
In the U.S., most women wear solitary stone diamond engagement rings.
According to The Knot, 70 percent of American women wear that tradtional design. (The practice of wearing it on the fourth finger of the left hand dates back to the Romans, who thought a vein in that finger connected directly with the heart.)
The first example of a modern engagement ring dates back to 1477.
That year, Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian the First gave Mary of Burgundy a diamond ring as an engagement present. We'd assume she liked it more than a thimble, which used to be a common betrothal gift. (Or a golden nose ring, the first example of a ring given as an engagement present in Judaism.)
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