And you know what that means: Your social media feeds are about to be flooded by sparkling updates of engagement.
Thats right, not only is it holiday season, but its also engagement season!
Friends youve known since what seems like forever will be getting their happily ever afters under the twinkling holiday lights very soon.
Its all you can do to not feel your heart glow (or burn with jealousy if youre in your late 20s and into that kind of thing #choices).
Personally, I love to read the stories of well thought out engagements. I spend alot of time stalkingand discussing the rings with whomever is around or will answer my texts lickety-split.
What can I say? Im totally your average girl in that way.
But I always think about the ring and the pressure it puts on amans shoulders.
Hes expectedto create this magical experience his significant other is going to remember forever and recite at least a thousand times the following week.
And on top of that, hes supposed to pick out this incredible ring that suits his (hopefully) future betrothed, as well.
What does he do? What if his future bride is someone who doesnt really like jewelry, but has had an idea of what shes wanted either since she was little or from the moment she realized he was the one?
What if he doesnt know what hes doing at all and just goes in thinking, Yeah, this should work?
If youre thinking something along those lines, and youre considering proposing sometime soon, fear not!
Here are four tipsto consider when youre looking to bring an extra sparkle to your ladys left hand:
Listen to her when shes scanning Facebook and sees other engagement rings. Shes going to let something slip thats important.
I know when I talk about them out loud, Im talking about why that ring works for my friend, but wouldnt work for me.
If you want this to be a surprise (which Im sure you do), listen to her when shes talking about someone else and youll get the information you need (or at least a nudge in the right direction).
2. Use social media.
If your lady has a Pinterest or Instagram, she likely has a wedding board or follows wedding or ring accounts. Go through her various platforms and see what type of rings shes pinned or givena big heart to.
Its likelyshes just pinning the same style over and over again, soyoull have a pretty good idea.
And if she has, indeed, marked the same ring over and over again, she likely has a feeling youre doing your research and has decided to provide you with some much needed insight.
Does she know you or what?
3. Refer to friends and family for advice.
One of the best sources of information in regards to your sweethearts ring preference is going to the people closest to them.
If your SOis a little on the quieter side of things and doesnt want to come off as crazy, shes likely gone ahead and told her besties/siblings/mom about what shes looking for in a ring.
Theyre going to divulgeher dreams the second you ask about them because they have been properly prepared and vetted for this very moment. Seriously.
4. Ask the right questions.
This tactic is no doubt the least popular,as its likely going to give you away. But you could always just ask.
She might be difficult and say its up to you, choose what you think she would like, but if youre not ace at picking out jewelry and she doesnt wear much,she may force your hand into asking more specific questions.
She could be downplaying what she really wants because she doesnt want to freak you out. Then again, she might be honest and tell you exactly what she wants.
But, like I said, shes going to start expecting things and wondering when its going to happen.Use this option as a last resort.
No matter what, the important thing is to always keep your SOsdesires at the forefront. After all, she has to wear the ringand show it off for the rest of her life.
It has to be what she wants, not what you think shes going to like.
Go through all of the outlets available to you before making the final decision. The ring is about her, and her preference should definitely take center stage.
If youre looking to get engaged soon, take this all to heart and do whatever you can to make both the ring and the proposal something shell to cherish and remember for the rest of her life.
Shell love you even more for giving her everything shes ever dreamed of.
Cheers to engagement season!
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