Like most engaged women the world over, the engagement ring will be presented in advance of the marriage. Depending on the family the future bride may receive the ring a year in advance of the marriage or perhaps a few weeks before the marriage. Some families may allow the future groom to present the ring to the future bride in their presence whereas in other conservative families a male relative has accepted the ring from the future groom and in turn presents it to his sister.
In the Western world it is more traditional for the engagement ring to be a diamond ring which is ultimately part of a set with a matching wedding band. The diamond ring may be set in white or yellow gold or even platinum. Many western couples will go together to jewelry stores to looks at engagement and wedding ring sets. Whereas in Saudi Arabia, the engagement ring can vary widely in what kind of style and stone is chosen. And I am not aware of any case where a future bride and groom have selected or looked at rings together.
Some Saudi women will receive a diamond engagement ring similar to those seen in the Western world. However in my own experiences, most Saudi women whom I know have simply received a beautiful ring which is referred to as their engagement ring. This ring can be in either white gold or 24K yellow gold. It can be very intricate or simple. And the stone(s) can vary. I have seen engagement rings where the primary stone is an exquisite emerald or a brilliant sapphire.
My own engagement ring, for example, was not a traditional diamond engagement ring yet it was representative of the traditional engagement ring given to brides in the earlier days of Saudi Arabia.
Although the pictures are not as clear as I would have wished, I hope you can see that my ring is a very old style gold ring in the shape of a triangle on top. The two corners of the triangle are to signify Abdullah and I and the point at the top indicats our new life together. My favorite stone, a sapphire, in the center of the ring.
On the other hand when it comes to wedding dresses, most Saudi women will prefer the traditional white dress and veil. Vera Wang or Dior wedding dresses are popular as are many other haute couture designers. It is also popular to have a bride’s wedding dress custom made in Saudi Arabia as there are a wide variety of fabric stores and excellent tailors with books of designs to choose from.
Like weddings the world over, the wedding day is for the bride to shine and look her most beautiful.
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