A selection of heart shaped 'engagement balloons' (ideal for giving as a gift or attaching to an engagement present giftbox) and foil 'engagement' banners that, along with balloons, are ideal for decorating a venue for an engagement celebration party quickly and easily and at minimal expense. For many more party decor ideas see our huge Floristry Products departments where you are sure to find all you need to ensure your celebration is a success.
The tradition of becoming 'engaged' before being married and the giving of an 'engagement' or 'betrothal' ring originated under early Jewish law when marrying without first entering into some formal 'betrothal' was thought to be immoral. The tradition was later taken up in Greece where a contract to marry had to be made before witnesses. Then later still adopted by the Romans who extended the ritual to throwing a party and giving of gifts.
In Eastern Orthodox churches the betrothal ceremony is taken very seriously and it is when rings are exchanged (not at the marriage ceremony) The groom's ring traditionally being made of gold and the bride's of silver. Today's modern Western custom of giving or exchanging engagement rings began in the 1400s. Nowadays engagement rings are usually diamonds set into a gold band, but the earliest instances of giving a ring for marriage engagement originated from Judaism and the ring involved was, back then, a golden nose ring!
A circle was believed by the Romans to signify eternity and represent an unbroken bond between two people intending to be married. And it was the Romans who first introduced the wearing of the ring on the 4th or 'ring' finger, believing this particular finger had a vein that led directly to the heart (the 'vena amoris')! Engagement rings are worn on the right hand in most countries in continental Europe.