Engagement Ring: The Guide to Getting It Right

Engagement Ring: The Guide to Getting It Right Engagement Ring Shopping With Your Fiancée-to-Be.

You want to choose the perfect engagement ring. Here’s how to enlist your bride-to-be to make sure she gets the engagement ring of her dreams.

Getting engaged is a time-honored tradition practiced by couples since … well, forever. These days, some guys take the elaborate proposal route: choosing an eye-popping location and an over-the-top-will-you-marry-me speech complete with balloons, flowers and an engagement ring they chose all by themselves.

Even if the two of you have discussed getting engaged before, asking for her opinion will likely strike her as romantic and practical all at once.

Lots of couples, though, get engaged more informally and decide to shop for the ring together. If you know your bride-to-be has very specific tastes in jewelry or you just love the idea of choosing a symbol of your lasting commitment together, then shopping for an engagement ring with her is a great idea.

Follow our tips to get the most out of your shopping experience — and make some great memories in the process.

Do your homework

Even if you plan on taking her engagement ring shopping with you, you’re going to want to do some reconnaissance to have a baseline idea of what her tastes are. After all, you don’t want to be suggesting a princess-cut diamond if she really loves cushion-cut or platinum if she prefers gold.

Social media is a great way to learn about her tastes. First stop: Pinterest, where she is likely to have at least one pinboard about engagements and weddings. While looking at her ring ideas is a great place to start, don’t stop there. Look at her home furnishings boards to determine if she prefers modern or traditional styles and fashion boards to see if she likes simple or complex designs. Look carefully — her boards are a great way to suss out her style.

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