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Congratulations, you're engaged! You're going to want to spread the news quickly-how could you keep it in?!-but hold on for just one second. You only get to do this once, so why not make the most of it? If you can keep it in for a few days (or know a proposal is on the horizon and are planning in advance), it's an opportunity you won't want to miss.
To match or not to matchвЂ¦that is the question. For some brides and grooms it's a no brainer, and for others it's more a matter of personal preference (if they like the same style, cool, and if they don't, that's cool too). While there are no right and wrong answers when it comes to what kind of wedding bands you and your fiancГ© ultimately choose, try these tips if you're on the fence.
We can't change the fact that you'll be faced with annoying questions once you get engaged - but we can arm you with answers. "It's always more difficult when you are caught unprepared," says Diane Gottsman, etiquette expert and founder of The Protocol School of Texas. "Having some set responses alleviates the hassle of coming up with an answer on the spot.
Saying yes to a marriage proposal should be the easiest part of getting engaged. But for many, the element of surprise comes with some bizarre reactions. Swearing like a sailor, bursting into hysterical bouts of laughter, or erupting in screams are just some of the ways brides-to-be have answered the question, вЂњWill you marry me?
As if choosing an engagement ring style - before you subtly start dropping hints to your boyfriend of course - isn't daunting enough, the process instantly becomes even more overwhelming if you're an environmentally conscious bride on the prowl for an earth-friendly and conflict-free ring. So how do you find a ring that stays true to both your style and ethics?
It used to be that a proposal wasn't complete without a little something sparkly. But times are a-changing. So we asked seven women whether they'd say "yes" without an engagement ring. Here's what they had to say. "I would absolutely accept a wedding proposal without a ring. I have not dated a man in years who is not grown and fully capable of purchasing a ring by the time we wed, so it is not a concern.
Glamorous, romantic and bold, the ruby is a stunning alternative to classic diamond engagement rings for non-traditional brides. Crimson-hued with hints of purple and a brilliant, fiery sparkle, this precious stone (only second to the diamond) can come in a range of shades and cuts. Besides its obvious beauty, the gemstone is also a fitting bridal choice because it's known as the Stone of Nobility for representing energy, peace and contentment.
There's nothing wrong with a traditional proposal - the kind where a man takes you to a restaurant or into your bedroom, professes his love, and drops to one knee with a sparkling diamond ring in hand. But many woman fantasize about something a little more unique. We asked five such women to describe their dream proposals, and here's what they had to say.
If you are anything like me and fall under the category of "I hate seeing pictures of myself" or "posing for pictures is the bane of my existence," then engagement photos are probably not high on your list of priorities. Lots of times, they are covered in your wedding photography package for free and come in handy for wedding Web sites (but I'm guessing if you are reading this, you may not be the wedding Web site type, either), so despite how uncomfortable they make you feel, you may be glad you took them.
You think you've heard it all, but when it comes to committing your life to someone else, there are a few feelings that sneakily evade any engagement conversation you've likely had. Here, our experts reveal the emotions and questions you'll have after your significant other pops the question that no one has ever told you about.
Lucky you-you've landed the partner of your dreams, and now there's a gorge engagement ring adorning your left hand. But about those handsвЂ¦Courtesy of that dazzling diamond, they're in the spotlight 24/7. Time to take them to the next level with these expert tips and tricks. Think soft, smooth, and utterly rock-worthy.
Just another day at a jewelry auction, or is it? A diamond ring that was originally purchased for ВЈ10 ($13) has just been sold for ВЈ656,750-that's $847,667 here in the U.S. That's nearly double its estimated value of ВЈ250,000 ($325,000) to ВЈ350,000 ($456,000). Where was the ring sold, you ask? At London's Sotheby's Fine Jewels auction.
Engraving your partner's ring can be a stressful endeavor. Not only do you have to choose the words he or she will wear forever, but you're limited to the size of your partner's ring finger. Talk about tough. But our experts are here to ease your stress, with their top tips for picking the perfect engraving for your partner's wedding band.
*Many engaged couples decide to send or e-mail a save-the-date announcement with their official wedding date, but what is an engagement announcement? Is it one of those old-fashioned wedding formalities that's okay to skip these days? Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your invitation and stationery questions in our daily post.
There's something intrinsically magical about an heirloom engagement ring. From its one-of-a-kind appearance to its rich history to its sentimental value, it can be really special to propose with an heirloom ring. But when it comes to proposing with a family ring, there's a lot to keep in mind. From talking to your significant other to asking permission from your family to potentially resetting the stone, here's everything you need to know about heirloom engagement ring etiquette.
Whether you anticipate being on the receiving end of a proposal this holiday season or are planning on popping the question yourself, you may be weighing whether this auspicious occasion should occur in front of others, namely family. But before you plan to answer yes to the sounds of your family's cheers or get down on bended knee as your loved ones look on, you have a lot to consider.
The other day, I found myself watching some random deodorant commercial on YouTube wherein a woman proposes to her boyfriend. It's actually a lovely commercial, and I guess it would make someone sweat if they were asking such a huge question. The woman actor is exceptionally believable and very cool.
After dating a significant other for a long period of time, it is likely a proposal is in the works, but what if a lack of fatherly approval is standing between you and your dream wedding? While requesting permission to propose is a traditional notion, the sentiment remains relevant today, but not all parents are willing to give their immediate consent.
Your wedding band is the single most important piece of jewelry you will ever own, and should therefore be both timeless and demonstrative of your personal style. However, there is a certain romanticism to the idea of allowing your groom to surprise you with your ring. Our etiquette experts weigh in on the choice between selecting your own band and allowing your fiancГ© to take the reigns.
As we phase out the garter toss, face-concealing veils, and the dollar dance, one tradition remains as strong as ever: men are the ones to pop the question. The stereotype endures that women want marriage more than anything, while men avoid getting tied down, are emotionally unavailable, and are un-hampered by the biological clock that drives women to madness.