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Splitting the Cost of Engagement Rings

Brilliant or Baffling: Going Dutch on Engagement Rings


It seems that more partners are sharing the cost of engagement bling, according to the Daily Mail. A survey on the Facebook page of The Knot revealed many commenters confessing that they split the cost of the rings, and some women even paid for the rings on their own. A commenter says, "Whatever works best for the couple. I personally bought my engagement ring wedding band and have no shame of it! We picked out my engagement and wedding rings together and [I] think that makes it special for us." 

Of course, there are also many traditional dissenters who find the idea distasteful. One commenter retorts, "No way! That's so tacky. If he can't afford an engagement ring, then he probably shouldn't be proposing."

With cohabitation before marriage being the new normal, couples are becoming more transparent with each other about finances. And that usually means discussing big financial decisions. Given the high cost of an engagement ring, it makes sense for some to broach the topic. 

I don't know about you, but I've certainly seen a lot of wedding traditions being broken just because people think they're outdated or not worth the expense. What's your take — is sharing the cost of an engagement ring a smart or surprising move?

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