An engagement is a formal agreement to marry and the period of time between the proposal and the wedding. During this time period, the couple is said to be engaged, affianced or betrothed. The future bride is referred to as the fiancée and groom is referred to as the fiancé from the French word fiancé. An engagement ring which is a gift from the future groom to the future bride formally signifies the agreement to marriage and is given at the time of the engagement or not long after. The engagement ring can be purchased by the future groom or together as a couple and may have diamonds or gemstones. Frequently, the engagement is celebrated with an engagement party that is hosted by the future bride or her family.
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