(Closed) Perfect Man, Not-So-Perfect Proposal and Ring

posted 8 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
2063 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I told my husband when we first started dating that I wanted a grand public proposal.

He proposed over dinner at our house.

I told my husband I wanted original ring when he asked about a year prior.

I received a family heirloom.


I love my ring and I love my proposal. I was confused at first – it wasn’t what I expected. But, the story and the ring I cherish. Genuinely.


I hope you find this feeling.

Post # 4
1408 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My engagement wasnt anything special but I could care less! My Fiance proposed in our kitchen after I had just woke up (was litterally still in my jammies) around 5pm because I was on night shift at the time. I love my ring. Its the most amazing ring I have ever seen and its SO unique! I picked out the band but he picked the stone and he knocked it out of the ballpark. I think that we ladies work up an engagement in our heads and except something amazing. He didnt do some elaborate plan and I didnt care. We are getting married in a few months and I cant wait! 

Post # 5
2539 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I understand being disappointed with your proposoal… I think it happens a lot and you just have to look forward and be excited that you’re starting a new chapter of your life, and try not to focus too much on how he asked. The part that I’m having trouble understanding is the disappointment with your ring.

It seems kind of odd to me that you loved your ring and thought it was beautiful… until you found out it was listed as a ‘promise ring’ and was on sale.

That grates on me a little bit. You know what the difference between a promise ring and an engagement ring is? Physically, there is none. They’re different names for the same thing- a ring. The difference is in what they are used for. Yours was used in a proposal. So yes, it is a ‘real’ engagement ring.

The fact that it was on sale doesn’t make it ‘cheap.’ It means that with the money your Fiance has, he was able to buy you the best ring he possibly could. Nobody will even know it was on sale unless you go around telling people.

Your Fiance spent all his money on it. I think you should try to appreciate the ring you’ve been given, since at first you said you thought it was beautiful. Otherwise you risk deeply hurting his feelings. If several years down the line you guys are in a better place financially and can afford it, you could approach him about getting an upgrade if you still feel it’s necessary.

Post # 6
9071 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

My husband opened the ring box and shoved it across the table when I was checking a text message and said, “Will you marry me?”

I don’t know if I’m just abnormal, but I didn’t need anything flashy, ring or proposal. I just wanted the love of my life.

Post # 7
4634 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Promise rings have always confused me a bit… why get a promise ring, why not just an E-ring? It’s all marketing to me…

He wants to marry YOU. It’s an engagement ring 🙂

Do you have any pics?

Post # 9
4302 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Sounds like he did the best he could. 

Post # 10
1408 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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@Hyperventilate:  hahahaha my Fiance got down on one knee, opened the box  said “will you marry me”. Of course I said yes, he closed the box then he stood up and handed me the closed box. I laughed & was like “you have to put it on my finger!!” Then he couldnt get it over my knucKle! LOL. The whole story still makes me laugh. 

Post # 12
3551 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

My Fiance never asked me out when we started dating, we just kind of decided that we were dating. I always told him he was going to have to compensate my giving me a good proposal story. He ended up just sticking the ring on my finger at the jewelery store, he never formally asked me to marry him.

At least your Fiance took you on a special date to propose and bought you the nicest ring he could afford.

Post # 13
3060 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

My husband proposed to me while we were at home working out to P90X. I was all sweaty, tired, and confused why he chose that moment… but it worked out and we had a lovely engagement and a beautiful wedding!

You cannot change the proposal. It’s done. Lingering in disappointment will not fix anything and only cause resentment. You can accept it, move on, and plan the best goddamn wedding there ever was! 😉

And you can always upgrade your ring in the future! Good luck!

Post # 16
10354 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I guess the way I would make myself feel better in your situation is by knowing that by sacrificing a bigger ring, I got to be engaged sooner. That means you are prioritizing moving forward with your relationship over material stuff, which is awesome!

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