Long engagements were once common in formal arranged marriages, and it was not uncommon for parents betrothing children to arrange marriages many years before the engaged couple were old enough. This is still common in some countries.Many traditional Christian denominations have optional rites for Christian betrothal (also known as ‘blessing an engaged couple’ or ‘declaration of intention’) that bless and ratify the intent of a couple to marry before God and the Church.
An engagement or betrothal is the period of time between a marriage proposal and the marriage itself (which is typically but not always commenced with a wedding). During this period, a couple is said to be fiancés (from the French), betrothed,…
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