We get it, guys. The whole engagement process can be daunting when you want to make sure everything is perfect for your special lady. From planning how you’ll actually propose to picking the stunner you’ll place on her finger forever, there’s so much to consider. We wanted to make one thing on your plate easier, so we turned to our amazing followers on Instagram to help you out with the ring-selection process.
An average of 865 respondents gave us their thoughts on how to properly go about searching for her engagement ring. Get your pen and paper out — here are the tips.
- You have to pick the ring
65 percent of the women who responded said their guys have the pick the ring. Part of the enchantment of proposing is all the layers of surprise tucked into them, including (and especially) the ring. The next step is selecting one that you’ll know she’ll love. That’s where tip No. 2 comes in.
- Do your research
67 percent of the women who responded said the man has to do research to find out what kind of ring she really wants. Thankfully, the ladies love expressing their ultimate engagement and wedding dreams on Pinterest. Head over to her account and start skimming her wedding boards to see all the designs she’s been eyeing.
- Know her ring size
This one’s tricky, but 63 percent of our respondents said that one way to accomplish this feat is to borrow (sneakily) one of her fashion rings or bands. You can also ask her best friend or a family member. That way you can skip the whole task of resizing after the engagement.
- Try to avoid taking her engagement ring shopping
This one is 50-50 really, according to our poll. Many modern women like the idea of browsing styles beforehand, but some still like the element of surprise, so they beg off of the idea. You know her best, so use good judgment in deciding whether to include her in the process.
- Be as sneaky as possible.
It’s all about unexpected joy when it comes to proposing, so try to avoid showing signs that you’re about to pop the question. 75 percent of women implored the men to be sneaky and to not drop hints or show signs that they’re preparing to ask. As hard as it may be with such a major moment, try to pretend like everything is normal.
- Ask her parents first
74 percent of respondents said they would rather you ask her parents first. This practice shows respect and honor for her family and makes them a part of the process in a way. They may appreciate it more than simply receiving a “We’re engaged!” phone call out of the blue one day. Plus, they can help you sneak around to get her ring size!