When I found the one I wanted to make that life long commitment to, I was elated. But like many other soon-to-be hitched men, the same questions arose. What, where, how and how much to spend for the engagement ring? Here are some things I learned when it came time for me to get the ring.
Know Her Taste
You should have a sense of the kind of jewelry she wears, likes, and desperately wants. Find out what her favorite jewelry designers are. If you know her favorite jewelry designer then that will really narrow down your search. The idea is to figure out what she likes and desires. I was lucky enough to find out what designer my then girlfriend wanted. It was much easier from then on.
Know Your Limit
Make sure you know how much you can spend. If you want to spend a little more, save accordingly. Having a number in the back of your head is good when shopping around; because you (or her) do not want to be emotionally attached to a ring that you cannot afford. Also, if you already have the ring in mind that you want and don’t have enough. You can find out how long it will take to save for it. This does 2 things:
- It gives you a proposal day to work towards. (“Just 2 more paychecks and I can ask her on the 3rd!”)
- Some jewelers will hold on to the ring and give you a discount if you promise to purchase it from them.
Do Your Homework
A simple Google search and you can find out what stores have those designers, their locations, and prices. You will know where to go, their hours of operation, and the price ranges. This cuts out the time you might otherwise spend store hopping. Plus, since you have all this new knowledge you will know where to get the best price for the ring you want.
Getting engaged should be more important that the actual ring. So make it a day she will remember. Make it a surprise. That is part of the gift. Here are some tips to make it suspenseful. Plan Big!!
- Borrow one of her rings to find out her ring size. (So you don’t have to ask her!) Any jeweler will tell you.
- Don’t mention anything about marriage, rings, wedding, etc. If she doesn’t hear you talking about it, she won’t think you are going to pop the question when you go out to dinner this Saturday.
- Get her friends to help out. (The ones that can keep a secret.)
These are just some things I learned when it came time for me to pop the question. If you have any more suggestions please leave a comment below.