All your questions about engagement ring etiquette answered

Finding the right engagement ring to present to your significant other is a momentous task, as is creating the perfect moment in which to propose.  Your loved one will be more thrilled by your gesture than the location that you choose or the price of the ring that you give them, but it’s still important to make sure that you have a clear understanding of engagement ring etiquette to make the moment all the more memorable.

Getting engaged is a significant milestone in a person’s life and there are a number of expectations surrounding the event.  Of course for some couples traditional rituals will be less important than they are for others, so think about your loved one’s values and beliefs when planning how to propose.

In this blog we will give you a brief guide to engagement ring etiquette to help you to plan the perfect proposal.

Do I need a ring?

Of course you don’t have to have a ring in order to propose, but it is traditional to have one and it will make the moment all the more special if you can surprise your loved one with a ring when you pop the question.  If you’re dying to propose but haven’t got enough money saved up for a ring then you can always pop the question and then choose a ring together once you’ve saved enough money, but only take this approach if you know your fiancé-to-be won’t be disappointed by the lack of ring!

Who pays for the ring?

Traditionally it is the person proposing who buys the ring for their loved one, usually the groom.  However in today’s modern world it is becoming more and more common for the happy couple to split the cost.  Before you suggest this to your other half think carefully about their personality, are they very modern or more traditional? Also are they very romantic? If they’re traditional and romantic they may be a little upset when you suggest they chip in for the ring!

Does it have to be diamonds?

Traditional engagement rings have diamonds set into them, but you don’t have to choose diamonds, this one’s pretty much down to personal taste.  Think about whether your loved one would like a traditional diamond ring or whether they’d prefer something a bit different, colourful precious gemstones are also very popular.

Can I reuse a ring I already have?

This depends on where you got the ring from.  If the ring is a family heirloom then it is very traditional and meaningful not just to you and your family but also to the bride if you pass down a family heirloom to them.  Make sure that you have informed your family of what you are going to do to make sure that everyone is happy for you to pass the ring on.

However if you are considering reusing a ring from a previous relationship then think again!  Most people would not take kindly to being given a ring from a past relationship because of the emotional ties and memories that would come with it.  Most people would prefer to have a ring that has been selected especially for them.

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