A Short History of Engagement

Interesting facts about the roots of modern engagement

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.

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  • 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.
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Christina M. Anello
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