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The engagement "watch"

As a recently engaged male student at BYU, I have noticed a few flaws in the traditional engagement system. As a personal disclaimer, this has absolutely nothing to do with my really, really, really ridiculously good-looking fiancée. I would like to present a new idea that will not only fix the long-standing problems of being engaged but will also be the next big cultural phenomenon of BYU.

As I see it, there are mainly two problems that have withstood the test of time. Ladies, have you ever secretly admired a man for an entire semester hoping if you toss your hair or giggle at his jokes enough that he will one day ask you out and then later find out that he is already engaged?

Gentlemen, do you ever feel you are getting the short end of the stick when you spend a sizable portion of your summer earnings on a big, shiny diamond ring only to get a tiny piece of cheap metal on the day you tie the eternal knot? Well, I would like to humbly proclaim that both of these time-lasting problems could be solved with one easy solution. Intrigued? I thought you might be. I would like to propose the earth-shattering idea of "the engagement watch."

Obviously there are going to be a few growing pains as we get this cultural phenomenon started. However, I believe the engagement watch has tremendous upside for everyone involved. Guys get a return on their diamond ring investment with a brand new designer watch (rule 1: girls must spend at least 70 percent of the value of their ring). The obviously expensive bling bling on the left wrist (rule 2: pre-engagement watches must now be relatively cheap and worn on the right hand) informs all of the girls as to which men are spoken for and which ones are fair game. The engagement watch will be much like how the diamond ring is in instant indicator for the guys: when you see the rock you know to walk. Let's face it; the engagement watch truly is a winner for all parties involved. How much grief, pain and bitterness in this cruel, cruel world could easily be erased by everyone banding together for one great cause: The Engagement Watch.

Am I absolutely crazy for thinking this is a great idea? I want some feedback as to what everyone else thinks about this topic.

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Additional Information added by Editors - 11/01/2007:

If you are looking into getting an engangement ring worthy of an engagement watch in return, you should hop online and take a look at some of the best. With the internet, wedding rings are easily viewed and compared with other diamond rings for the best prices and quality. If the men can't find an engagement watch, I am sure you can find good old fashioned wedding bands.

Hehehe

Awesome idea ;)

"There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." - Hamlet, Shakespeare

Brilliant idea

But I'd never be able to wear my watch on my right hand. And I'm not too sure I could ever bear parting with my faithful G-Shocks, which have been exposed to the cruelties of painting, automotive repair, and getting run over (yes, they can survive getting run over by a half-ton truck).

A Brazilian guy I knew, when he get engaged, just wore a ring on his ring finger, right hand. Though a watch, I'll admit, is a lot more appealing to my practical nature.

Another Possible Solution???

Just thinking here...
What if we all just recognized that we've been conned by the second generation of clever marketing and protested this "new convention" by exchanging simple, inexpensive wedding bands with our future spouses, instead of wasting vast sums of money on price-inflated stones. Besides, a down-payment on a house or tuition for a semester of college seems a more prudent choice for your hard-earned wages.

But mattctr, what kind of girl will go for that and say "yes!"?
Well, if she doesn't have enough sense to want a down-payment on a home over a stone, consider yourself lucky to find this out now and call off the engagement!

But mattctr, she's really hot and I really lust--love her!??
Well, if that's the case, throw all sense (and caution) to the wind and go for the stone, after all, she is hot! Not to mention, a marriage with her spend-happiness will invariable become or lead you to hell, which is also hot. So, Rock On!!! Stone=Hottie in bed.

If you have sense, talk to your bride-to-be about priorities, budgets, realistic plans, and then exchange simple wedding bands. What matters is not the size (and price) of the stone, but the love and commitment it symbolically represents.

I have a Hollywood Wedding formula:
The bigger or more lavish the ring, the more probable the divorce. (And that's in a pseudo reality that can reasonably afford such a stone without sacrificing a mortgage.)

You better earn that Watch

IF you are looking into getting an engangement ring worthy of an engagement watch in return, you should hop online and take a look at some of the best. With the internet, wedding rings are easily viewed and compared with other diamond rings for the best prices and quality. If the men can't find an engagement watch, I am sure you can find good old fashioned wedding bands.