A Short History of Engagement
Interesting facts about the roots of modern engagement
BY: Christina M. Anello
Excerpted from "For the Bride"
- In 1215 Pope Innocent III declared that there should be an official waiting period before a couple married. This was the beginning of the engagement tradition we know today.
- The first recorded engagement ring was given by Maximilian I, King of Germany, to Mary of Burgundy in 1477.
- The longest recorded engagement was between Octavio Guillan and Adrian Martinez, who became engaged in 1902. They were finally married 67 years later in June, 1969 in Mexico City.