Who Knows This Stuff? – Engagement Trivia

Want to be a hit at the next trivia game? Here are a few bits of engagement trivia that you may or may not have known. Can you say why we do what we do?

Don’t worry if you can’t, that’s what I’m here for. I’ve done some digging and some research and here’s some trivia to keep your friends and loved ones scratching their heads and saying: Who knows this stuff?

Tying the Knot

This euphemism for getting married dates back to Roman times when the bride sported a girdle tied in knots that the groom then had the fun of untying.

Leap Year Proposals

Okay, this takes a little explaining. Tradition says that women may propose on February 29th, the leap year day – but this has no recognition in English law because the leap year day was leapt over and therefore had no legal validity. This also meant it was ignored. However, because it has no legal status and it was ignored – it was an opportunity for women who felt like they might be leapt over as well – to propose marriage to the man of their choice. Another argument could be made that since leap years re-balance out the days of the year – that this is an opportunity for women to correct the inequity of the man being the only one who can propose.

The Engagement Ring

Since men in Roman times were required to barter for their brides, the engagement ring served as the security for the betrothed. The idea was considered that the diamond held a stronger and more binding promise than even that of the wedding vow. In medieval times, Italians proposed and used diamonds for their rings because the diamond was associated with the flames of love. How many here knew that?

The Bachelor Party

Okay, this one actually floored me. Ready? The bachelor party was the future groom’s last chance to gather money for his future gambling before the wife took over the finances. In ancient customs, the wife ran the home, which means she controlled the purse strings. In Ancient Sparta, the soldiers held stag parties where the men would all feast together and the man to be married bid farewell to his days of being single and offered an oath of allegiance to his comrades.

Bridal Shower

This custom is another stumper. It actually began with the idea that a father disapproved of the bride’s wedding or her choice in grooms. Either way, the bridal shower took the place of the father’s dowry so that the bride was able to bring a variety of household items and supplies into the new home. The more modern idea of the bridal shower did not begin until the late 1890s.

So, who knows this stuff? You can honestly say you do now. Have a great Tuesday!

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About Heather Long

Heather Long is 35 years old and currently lives in Wylie, Texas. She has been a freelance writer for six years. Her husband and she met while working together at America Online over ten years ago. They have a beautiful daughter who just turned five years old. She is learning to read and preparing for kindergarten in the fall. An author of more than 300 articles and 500+ web copy pieces, Heather has also written three books as a ghostwriter. Empty Canoe Publishing accepted a novel of her own. A former horse breeder, Heather used to get most of her exercise outside. In late 2004, early 2005 Heather started studying fitness full time in order to get herself back into shape. Heather worked with a personal trainer for six months and works out regularly. She enjoys shaking up her routine and checking out new exercises. Her current favorites are the treadmill (she walks up to 90 minutes daily) and doing yoga for stretching. She also performs strength training two to three times a week. Her goals include performing in a marathon such as the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Team in Training for Lymphoma research. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through the fitness and marriage blogs.