This edition of Ask the Experts is a little different: we want to hear your expert advice!
Like some of you, I’ve been dating my boyfriend for a loooong time. Now that we’ve graduated college and gotten on our feet a bit, my Spidey-sense tells me that an engagement ring might be coming soon.
Now, I am WELL known in my circle of friends and acquaintances (or, okay, pretty much everyone who’s ever come in contact with me) as a wedding expert. Round v. square v. long reception tables? Mundane points of etiquette? The relative merits of ranunculus versus garden roses? Check, check, and check. I’ve got it all down pat.
But engagement rings? Those are a WHOLE other story. Never really had much interest in them, skimmed over advice articles about them in wedding magazines, haven’t fantasized about a particular Tiffany setting since middle school. So when the time came to actually start thinking about this seriously, I was kind of at a loss!
I’m thinking I’m not the only one. And since we have a lovely mix of yet-to-be-engaged, engaged, and married readers here at Southern Weddings, I’d love for y’all to share your advice in the comment section with those of us who might be looking for some opinions and advice!
Did you drop hints to your gent about what sort of styles you might prefer? Did the two of you go shopping together? Did it make a difference in the kind of ring you ultimately ended up wanting?
Picky ladies: were you worried you wouldn’t like the ring if you didn’t have a hand in picking it out?
Which of the four Cs were most important to you? Cut? Carat? Color? Clarity? Or did (or do) you prefer gemstones? How about the metal — platinum, white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, silver?
Do you have a dream ring? What does it look like?
Do you think you’ll shop online or at a brick and mortar store? A large store or a small, independent one?
Is there anything you wished you had known going into the engagement ring process that you’d love to share with readers?
This is your chance to talk about pretty, pretty jewels, ladies, and give out some much-needed advice to boot. Share, share, share away! Some of us (ahem) will be taking notes :)
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