Marriage proposals have changed a lot over the past decade or so. The traditions that marriage proposals were once famous for, such as him getting down on one knee or asking your father for permission, have become somewhat old and outdated.
Today, a lot of men prefer to propose without a ring, instead, allowing their partner to choose the ring once they’ve said yes. Wondering why this is – it’s quite simple really, a lot of men struggle to pick the perfect ring and want to ensure that before they invest a huge chunk of money into a piece of jewelry, that it’s right for their partner.
Don’t feel disappointed if your partner proposes without a ring – the chances are he wants to give you the opportunity to pick your own. Think of it this way; this is a piece of jewelry you will wear forever, so it’s pretty important that it’s exactly what you want it to be. Think yourself lucky that he didn’t just pick any old ring, and instead wants to allow you to choose a design that you love.
Before the two of you go ring shopping, here’s a few things that you should know.
It pays to find out his budget beforehand
The last thing you want to do is taint your marriage before it even gets started by embarrassing him and picking an engagement ring that he can’t afford. So, before you start ring shopping, it’s a good idea to try and find out what his budget is – this could be a little awkward to discuss, but it’s better than picking a ring that’s out of his price range. Sit down together, chat about ring shopping and ask him what your budget is – if he gets offended, just explain to him that you need to know what to spend as you don’t want to worry about it when you’re ring shopping.
Don’t just focus on the ring design but also on the diamond
Don’t make the mistake of focusing purely on the design of the ring itself, such as on the metal and style. It’s also important to take diamond quality and shape into account. The best way to do this is to read up on all the best ring designers that use quality diamonds so that you can get an idea of which ring designs come with the best diamonds. Reviews, such as this Whiteflash review, can be useful for getting an idea of which diamond ring designs are of the highest quality. Take the time to do your research and read up, to ensure that you pick a ring design with a beautiful diamond in.
Take practicality into account
You will be wearing your engagement ring for many years to come, so it’s important to ensure that you take practicality into account. The last thing you want is a ring that catches all the time – you want a ring design that you can wear and go about your daily life as normal. Sure, it should be pretty and elegant, but it doesn’t need to be too over the top. Take rings with overly large diamonds in them; they’re not practical because the stone catches on things. So make sure to pick a ring design that will be practical for you, and that you can wear comfortably day in, day out for the next 50-years or so.
Be pleased that your partner has given you the opportunity to pick your own ring, as it means that you can get a design that’s perfect for you.