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Engagement Rings, Would You Choose Your Own?

Getting engaged, it’s a pretty big deal right? I can still remember my engagement like it was yesterday, despite it being almost nine years ago. I don’t think I’ll ever forget it. The moment my husband got down on to his knee and presented me with a ring will stay with me forever.

I often find myself admiring my engagement ring. My husband did well when he picked it. It’s beautiful, it fits perfectly, and it’s everything I dreamed of when I imagined my engagement. It’s a .5 carat diamond set in to white gold, and I absolutely love it. To be honest, I think I would have loved whatever my husband picked, purely for the sentiment. But if I’d been given the chance to pick my own ring, this is exactly the style I would have picked.

Traditionally, it is down to one half of the couple to choose the ring as a surprise for their partner. I guess that’s a lot of pressure, because choosing a ring your partner will potentially wear for the rest of their life is no small task!

Now some couples choose to shop for an engagement ring together. I always wondered how that would work, as getting down on one knee for a surprise proposal often plays a big part in an engagement. I only recently found out that you can buy ‘Marry me rings‘, which you can propose with. They are often made with cubic zirconia, and can be redeemed against a real ring later. That means the real ring can be chosen together, allowing the bride to pick exactly what she wants. Pretty smart!

So what would you choose if you were given the chance to pick your own engagement ring? Maybe you’d opt for something like these beautiful diamonds from F.Hinds? Or perhaps you’d opt for a smaller diamond and put more focus on your wedding ring? Maybe you’d even prefer not to pick your own and enjoy the surprise.

For me, I’m happy that my husband went down the traditional route. If I could turn back time and do it again, I wouldn’t change a thing! But I can absolutely understand why people would prefer to pick their own. There’s definitely no right or wrong way, whatever works best for you as a couple! Let me know in the comments what you think!

 

 

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  • Reply Keri Jones April 20, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    I picked my own engagement ring.
    My husband (then fiancĂ©) casually asked me to marry him as we were getting ready to go to sleep one night. I said yes, we went looking at rings & I picked it. There was an official proposal once the ring was ready but to be honest it wouldn’t have bothered me if there wasn’t.
    I love the idea of a Marry Me Ring. A woman will wear her engagement ring (all being well) for the rest of her life, she should have something she absolutely loves. I’m sure 99% of women would love whatever their partner chose but I think it’s nice to have some input x

    • Reply Lauren April 20, 2018 at 9:21 pm

      See that sound like it worked out perfectly for you! It’s got to be difficult for the man to make a decision on how to go about it. If you decide to propose without a ring your girlfriend might be upset, but if you propose and your lady doesn’t like the ring she may be upset too. I really wouldn’t want that kind of pressure on me! I think that’s why I like the idea of the marry me ring, because it’s the best of both worlds, you can have the surprise proposal and pick a ring you like. I think my husband would have done that if those rings were a thing when he proposed to me! x

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