A Guy’s Guide to Getting Hitched, our editorial series to guide you from the days leading up to your engagement to those following your wedding, continues. This week: Part three.
Before you ask for her hand in marriage, you’d better sort out what you’ll put on said hand if she accepts. They say a diamond is forever, but a tacky cubic zirconia could be forever, too, if you opt for one now. If she’s not an OCD-type who wants to pick her own ring, you’ve got to pull this one together yourself. And it better be perfect. How to buy the right engagement ring.
Start scouting long before your intended question-popping date. Once you finally decide, ring settings can take a couple weeks.
De Beers, apparently, invented the two months’ salary thing. A better rule of thumb: Be reasonable, and avoid starting your new life together in debt.
A big diamond is like a pricey sports car — it gets attention, but not always the right kind. Learn the four Cs and go for a small, high-quality diamond instead of a large one with tiny flaws (which, surely, she’d notice).
Ask her dad’s permission; he might just offer an heirloom. It’s more meaningful that way. And by meaningful I mean cheap.
Get a Kimberley Process-approved conflict-free diamond. Or, ditch diamonds for sapphires or rubies.
Shop with a trustworthy female – her best friend, or your sister. She could save you from an eternity of shame – or the harshest rejection of your life.
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