For the contemporary bride, re-imagining traditions from generations past for your own love story can be a romantic journey for you and your groom-to-be. Here are a few ideas for modern takes on classic engagement rituals:
1. Involve the family: Suggest your groom-to-be has a chat with special family members ahead of time to include them in his own special way. A great way to do that is by putting those special to you in charge of taking photos or video of the moment you say “YES!” This way, you’ll be able to share an unforgettable moment of your life with those dearest to you while leaving the details up to you and the man of your dreams.
2. The modern "hope chest:" In the past, girls were given wooden chests early in life to collect the things they would need after marriage. Perhaps during your engagement you and your guy can collect things together that you'll both use, or fill the box with keepsakes while dating to look back on after you’re Mr. and Mrs.. If you want your hope chest to be all your own, ask loved ones to fill it with traditional bridal items and a note of advice. You could even make it a lingerie chest for your bachelorette party, and ask your friends to fill it with swoon-worthy honeymoon wear!
3. The first look: Allowing the groom to see the dress before the wedding day has always been considered bad luck. Meet the new spin on this tradition we're absolutely gushing over: The "first look" photo! Ask your wedding photographer to stage meeting your groom privately before the ceremony to capture his expression the moment he sees you in your dazzling wedding dress for the first time.
4. The engagement ring: There was a time when engagement rings were only crafted by hand and never mass-produced. Making no two ever identical. Kirk Kara has sought out the most talented artists and artisans and our Master Craftsmen have spent their lives studying their art, and they do everything free form by hand. Designing handcrafted forever captivating rings and fine jewelry is a tradition that has been passed down for 4 generations in the Kirk Kara family. This tradition is one that we’re passionate about sharing with couples in love today.