What do you think?

posted 9 months ago in Waiting
Post # 2
1092 posts
Bumble bee

Welcome to the bee!

How old are you two? You’ve been together quite a while so I’m just curious.

Please don’t buy a house with him until you at least have a ring on your finger and a wedding date. 

It is completely acceptable and a great idea to offer to contribute towards the ring and you’re right about splitting expenses as a married couple. See what he says to that. He may be proud, but this is not a situation that is just up to him- it’s your future too! Don’t let him bullshit you with “you need the biggest bestest most amazingest ring in the world.” He should care about what YOU want for the ring- you will be wearing it after all! Ignoring what you actually want and insisting on a super expensive ring can be a sign of stalling. 

I may be reading into things but I also find it a little concerning that he jokes about telling you to “pipe down” and that he will be looking for diamonds in “a few years”?! I’d get a firm timeline out of him and hold him to it.

And if he still tries to BS you, tell him to “pipe down” with the jokes and if he claims he’d get a ring tomorrow then maybe he should get on that. It’s been 5 years after all.

Post # 3
604 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Youve been dating 5 years and the closest you’ve come or are thinking of going is a few marriage jokes and hints on what kind of ring you want?  You really need to pull up your big girl pants and get on with the adulting.  This is not a mystery for you to solve, he already has the answers.

Ask him.  Why aren’t we engaged, have you thought about marriage with me, (talking about a future marriage DOES NOT count, people can do that with anyone), what is keeping you from asking me, when is this happening, and I will not buy a home with a man I’m not engaged to.

Get firm answers, don’t bring it up and waffle when it gets uncomfortable.  Don’t probe then give him a few weeks to think about it once he says a few words you want to hear.  Value yourself. 

Post # 4
8315 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

missexcited1985 :  

Yes, certainly paying for part of your ring is a reasonable option, I see no problems, unless he feels his manhood is somehow on the  line.   Or unless you are buying  it because  that’s the only  way you think you’ll get an engagement ring. 

Wanting to buy the biggest and the best  when it is clearly appparent   he can’t is not  a good sign, particularly when you have made it  clear you are not wanting  the biggest and the best . Either he doesn’t care what  you want ,  or it is the old stalling tactic we see so often  on this board . ” The ring  you deseve   darling  that’s the only one  I will buy. Someday…… ”   

and  this ”  he usually makes fun of me and tells me to pipe down and makes jokes that in a few years he will be going to some diamond sales!  kind of points to the latter . Plus ‘pipe down’ is  not phrase to be used to a peer/equal.  

Time to take a little  control back OP , you need to know if this is the style of relationnship you want. It’s 5 years in after all. Oh, and as supernurse above says , be very wary of buying  a  house with him given this level of (non) committment. 

Post # 6
752 posts
Busy bee

I would stop making jokes or dropping hints and have a sit down conversation about where you’re both at. If he presses money as the issue you could offer to chip in for the ring or set your expectations lower with an upgrade in mind a few years down the road. My Fiance was relieved I wanted to chat about it instead of some vague surprise and he was just supposed to read my mind about what I wanted? It’s both your future’s together it’s not a taboo subject to plan it with each other instead of you wishing and hinting. 

Post # 7
1092 posts
Bumble bee

 I’m kinda surprised that after five years and his serious health issues and surgeries last year that this is the first time either of you have even started discussing marriage. Usually when people have serious health issues they realize just how short life is…and you’d think he would have thought about wanting you to be able to make medical decisions on his behalf if he were to become incapable of making decisions and you’d think he’d want you to have all the benefits and security that marriage entails as his wife should he become gravely ill with his medical issues. Although I’m not sure of the legalities of marriage where you live…

And if he wants to get married so badly and is short on cash, he needs to lower his expectations on the ring and get something he can afford in the next few months. You shouldn’t be waiting another year because of a piece of jewelry. It’s not like you guys are early twenties. And you can always upgrade the ring later. I think if you bring this to his attention, you will quickly figure out whether he’s serious or not.

And I guess if you find it funny that he tells you to back off of talking about your own future, then so be it. That’s just not my sense of humor and my SO knows better than to even joke about telling me to be quiet about our mutual future. It doesn’t sound like you guys have had many concrete, open discussions about marriage so it just seems weird to beat around the bush by joking about it. That would make me feel insecure about his intentions. But to each their own…


Post # 10
1560 posts
Bumble bee

I think it’s worth discussing the option of you contributing, it’s all going to be combined finances one day anyway. I would have done the same but we ended up going for a low cost option anyway. I did buy my own wedding ring but by then we had joint accounts. 

Post # 11
2069 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

I would just sit down and have a conversation about it. You can offer to contribute, but he may  not accept it (my fiance didn’t). I also made it very clear that I wasn’t looking for a diamond, and that I wanted something that was affordable. I was actually the one that set the budget for my ring. We designed it together, but when I stated what I wanted to spend, my fiance said he was fine paying more than that. I had done my research and said, no, we should be able to get what I want within that price range. I think it took some of the pressure off of him to know that I would be so much happier with what I got than with a super expensive diamond that I just didn’t like. 

In that same conversation we also talked about timelines, what type of wedding we wanted, etc. It was all laid out and decieded within about 20 min to a half an hour. And he made an appointment that night with our jeweler for later that week. Just sit down and talk about it. Tell him that you know he’s been through a lot, but this is the timeline that you were thinking, and ask him what his is. (My fiance and I had different timelines on our wedding. I wanted late spring, he wanted early fall, we compromised on summer, and then the venue only had March open so we went with none of them and took what they had!). See how far off you are and see if you can compromise. My fiance also thought that if you wanted a fall 2019 wedding, he could propose that summer and book everything/plan the wedding in like 3mos. Once I explained how it actually worked, he was pretty shocked and noticed that yeah, a lot of things book up rather quickly! The band we really wanted was already booked as was our first choice on a couple other things! 

Bottom line: talk to him. Offer to contribute for the ring and explain to him what you want! If it helps, do some research before hand and see about how much the ring you want will be. So you can give him an idea. (For example he only needs to save $3k vs $10k or whatever you find) 

Post # 12
3380 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

missexcited1985 :  I think you two need to stop beating around the bush by joking around about it and have a series of actual serious discussions about what your 5 year plan looks like and how you’re going to get there. 

The ring is just a drop in the bucket in terms of what it costs to get married if you want to have a wedding along with it. If you’re happy to do something small and private, that’s a different story.

If money is a major challenge right now, I think you need to figure out what your priorities are as a couple and how you can reach your shared goals together. If buying a house is a higher priority than a wedding, then work toward that first. If having a wedding is the priority, start saving for that and figure out a reasonable budget. It doesn’t matter what you do first or how you get there – what matters is that you make these decisions together, fully informed, and both of you are happy and comfortable with the various timelines you set. 

Post # 13
1092 posts
Bumble bee

No need to get defensive OP. I was referring to what you yourself said in your update in regards to his health issues “so this is the first time we have seriously thought about marriage.” 

And there’s no age shaming in my pointing out that you’re not in your early twenties. You’re not. That’s a fact. That’s just a point I made because I was taken aback at how long you had been together where there was just joking around about marriage, which is something you seem to really want, and he was giving the impression he was holding back because of wanting an expensive ring.

Keep in mind that we only can go off the info you provide. And if you don’t like the advice, just take it with a grain of salt. But you opened yourself up to feedback so you got it. Sorry if it’s not sugar coated.

Your update is much better though. I’m glad you guys have actually communicated about it and he sounds like he’s stepping up. That’s progress

Post # 15
1092 posts
Bumble bee

Well that’s good. I think this thread made me remember that everyone’s relationship progresses at different rates and it sounds like everything is going pretty well for you two. I do apologize if it came off as harsh. 

Please update when he proposes! And feel free to post a ring pic too 


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