We have officially been engaged since March (whew -time DOES fly), but didn't receive my ring until December. For a variety of reasons the ring was delayed, but we never considered ourselves "less engaged" or less official due to the lack of bling. Except for a few rare comments about how one couldn't possibly be engaged without a ring, or why did I say yes before receiving a ring, we got little response about me NOT having a ring.
That is until, I got my ring. Then there was a flurry of questions and reactions"does it feel more real", "It's official now!", "now you can begin planning!"*. Um, okay. I try daily to express to my lovely FI that I don't NEED a ring, and I would feel as loved without it as I do with it. But, I do have to admit, I heart my ring! I love seeing it on my hand and find comfort at looking at it through out the day. But to the curious, no, it doesn't FEEL more real. This felt real many months, years, moons ago.
*if I had waited to get a ring until planning, we'd be looking at 2010 for a date based on reception location availability! Yikes!
Photo credit: not sure who took it, but that was the Bling's debut out at the BDC '07 (and yes that is FI's hand not mine)!