Are you dreaming of the perfect proposal?
We’ve all seen the films. Surprise offers of marriage made in beautiful settings with a romantic speech, crowned by the perfect custom made engagement ring. But is this attainable in real life?
The location and the words are obviously out of your control, but you can influence the choice of ring. As this is going to be one of your most treasured possessions and an accessory that you wear each day, it is important that the piece is right for you.
Here’s how to hint at your perfect engagement ring without spoiling the spontaneity of the proposal.
Do some window shopping
A direct way to hint at your perfect ring is to do some window shopping. When you and your other half are wandering the high street, pause to look in jewellery stores to browse engagement rings in a variety of styles. You can point out your favourite pieces and also identify rings that you dislike.
This method is particularly effective because you are giving your partner a visual understanding of your preferences that will aid them when purchasing your perfect engagement ring.
Talk about your jewellery
For a more subtle approach, talk about the jewellery you currently own. Highlight what you like about each piece, such as the type of metal, the shape, and the style. This can be as simple as commenting, ‘I don’t like gold jewellery’ or ‘I much prefer modern rings to vintage versions’.
Giving your partner a general understanding of your taste in jewellery helps to ensure that your engagement ring suits your style, but it is still a surprise to you on the day.
Comment on engagement rings
As well as talking about your own jewellery, you can comment on other people’s engagement rings. This creates discussion around ring styles without the conversation relating directly to your relationship.
For example, show your partner a picture of a celebrity’s ring and discuss how it relates to the latest engagement ring trends. You can also comment on the engagement rings of your friends and discuss how each one relates to your personal taste.
Talk to your friends
Many proposers go to the friends of their other half for help choosing an engagement ring. It is likely that your friends have an understanding of your style, but don’t assume they know your preferences when it comes to accessories.
Chat with your friends about the type of engagement ring you would like, highlighting any aspects that are a must or, at the other end of the spectrum, an absolute no. This might include the type and shape of the gemstone you would like.
It is also a good idea to give your ring size to your friends. Choosing the right size is one of the biggest challenges for partners trying to surprise their intended. Even Kate Middleton had to adjust her engagement ring before her wedding! Knowing your ring size will help your other half find an engagement ring that is the perfect fit, ensuring you have a magic ‘movie moment’ proposal.