Solemn betrothals were common in Europe and the Middle East long before the birth of Christianity. The "Betrothal" ritual was held in the church whereby the couple would pledge their intent to be married at a future time followed by the "Reading of the Banns" which was a public announcement from the pulpit of the couples betrothal.
Today we call it an engagement, often with little ceremony or celebration. Couples may enjoy reintroducing a little formal betrothal ritual into their engagement announcement, especially if a friend or family member is throwing an engagement party for them. A holiday party is another good time to have a little betrothal ceremony (as long as the hostess is part of your planning). Be creative. Since there is no legal or specific requirements, have fun. Here are a few suggestions to get your thinking (Use one or several):
- Reenact your proposal
- Ask the father of the bride for her hand in marriage
- Write a paragraph of love to read to each other
- Ask a favorite person to bless your engagement
- Read a poem
- Play a song for your loved one
- Make a formal announcement and have a toast
- Present a flower to each other telling how that flower speaks of your intent to marry.