Post # 17
My Fiance and ring shopped a bit together. Then we found our dream jeweler, and picked out 3 rings from there together that we both liked. I left the ball in his court at that point (I wanted somewhat of a surprise!). He ended up picking my favorite of the three — it was also one he originally picked out to show me. He did good!! 🙂
Post # 18
I had a setting I really, really, really liked. However, Fiance hated it. He did take my input for the center stone and sort of upgraded all the specs besides the size and picked a completely different setting. I can’t imagine having the other setting I had originally fallen in love with now. So no, I did not pick out my ring, but I did have significant input for the center stone.
Post # 19
I picked out 3 rings I liked and basically let him choose between the three. And he completely chose the stone, which really determined the majority of the price.
Post # 20
I’ve heard of people just picking it out and then surprising. But my Fiance wanted to surprise me, so I just said I wanted a soliaire, very plain and traditional. And that’s what I got! 😀
Post # 21
@mrswedding16: My Fiance had actually proposed without a ring, when we were eating and drinking a bottle of wine he leaned over and said “i want forever with you, I want to make babies and grow old loving you, would you want that with me….will you marry me?” Of course I said yes and we kept it a secret because he said it wasn’t official until he could give me what I deserved.
A month later after speaking with our priest he and I went looking at rings, he bought the ring then and there. He wasn’t supposed to be able to pick it up for another week. Two days purchasing it he asked to meet me and my bestfriend up for a cocktail at the bar we first met at and that I work at for fun on the weekends. Right then and there he got down on one knee and officially asked. It was still a surprise (i was shaking and crying as if he hadn’t proposed a month earlier) and even though I knew what the ring looked like until it was on my finger it didn’t feel real and it wasn’t mine. Seeing it on my finger after he asked me to marry him was completely different than when we picked it out.
Congrats on your pending engagement.
P.S. Even though my prposal was nothing that I had ever thought it would be like I still said yes to the man of my dreams!!!
Post # 22
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
I told my man years before he proposed what I wanted: a round 1 carat solitaire with four prongs holding up the diamond in a Tacori band. He gave me this:
It was WAAAAAAY more than I ever expected. It’s my dream ring! Don’t worry. If you tell him some basic guidelines, he should be able to pick out something you’ll drool over. (I also had no idea what his budget was and was shocked when he told me how much it was worth).
Post # 23
We went shopping together. We ended up picking out a ring that we both fell in love with instantly.
Post # 24
We went to stores together and I tried on tons of rings. He wanted me to pick the exact one I wanted. I wanted to pick 2 or 3 and be surprised. But he said you’ll always love one more than the others.
Post # 25
We went together and I got to customize it the way I wanted it!!!
Post # 26
yep, went ring shopping about a month after we discussed getting married.
Post # 27
Nope, nothing. He verified I wanted something actually antique and the rest was all him. He did exceptionally well.
As for the budget, I’m not sure. We never talked about price beforehand, as we didn’t really talk about rings. From conversations we’ve had since, where he’s shown me a few that he liked but were too much, I think we were looking at around $10k.
Post # 28
I’m VERY picky and he has no preference. I don’t even let him surprise me with gifts because he doesn’t pick very good gifts at all if I were to let him have his way. He surprised me with getting down on his knee and it took me a few months of looking online for the ring I could live with for the rest of my life 🙂 I found it and he bought it! I couldn’t be happier!
Post # 29
Yes indeedy! DH would have had a complete meltdown if I hadn’t. Romance isn’t his fortay. Foretay? Forte??? how do you spell it?! ….Anyway…..
Yes. I went with his sister (my best friend) and picked out the ring in the budget he gave her. Then she took it back to him and he gave it to me himself. It was fine. I’m glad we did it this way. It took the pressure off BOTH of us.
Post # 30
Fiance likes my input on everything..so I should have known the ring would be no different. He had told me he was going to make an appt at a recommended place to look at rings…and then he asked me to go with him. Originally, we were just going to look and then he would go back without me and buy a ring when I wasn’t there. However, we both were mesmerized by my stone and as he puts, “couldn’t walk away from it”. I picked out the setting after we had both picked the stone, and then he asked if it was ok if I was there while he paid, so I wasn’t going to make him go home to LI from NYC, then back to NYC without me just so I didn’t know it was paid for…so I said sure. My ring was custom made, so it took 2-3 weeks to make from the date we ordered it, and then he held on to it for another 2-3weeks before he proposed. Sometimes I would have rather not known, but I wouldn’t compromise my ring either, so I’m happy with how everything turned out. He still managed to surprise me witht he proposal 🙂
Post # 31
My fiancé doesn’t understand jewelry one bit so there was no way he could pick it himself. We were on completely different pages when we went shopping together!