Exploring the Meaning of a Promise Ring

 What is the difference between a promise ring and an engagement ring? Is a promise ring just a fashionable trend or does it mean something? A promise ring is used as a sign of commitment and love for one another. For some it is a precursor to marriage for others it is just a matter of keeping up with the latest trend. A promise ring does not mean commitment for marriage or cohabitation in the future but more a symbol that we are more than just dating and commitment to an extent. Some people opt for a promise ring because it is fashionable and can be worn based on each couple’s belief system.

In comparison, an engagement ring is a traditional and formal symbol of asking for someone’s hand in a marriage where one can accept or decline the proposal. An engagement ring symbolizes the next steps in a relationship. Many couples will choose an engagement ring because that is the more popular symbol to signify their commitment to marriage.

Communication Specialist and Founder of Girls First International, Stephanie Hazle Lyle and CEO, Carla Dunbar Ministries and Counselling Care, Rev. Dr. Carla Dunbar shares their view on promise rings and engagement ring on Sunrise. Watch the full discussion here: