Planning your marriage proposal takes time, patience and attention to detail. When, where and how you do it is a personal choice. Perhaps you’ll choose a location that holds a special memory for both of you – like where you shared your first kiss. Or you might plan a trip abroad to some romantic destination. Will you be traditional and get down on one knee, or choose a more unusual way that’s memorable for different reasons? (My fiancé proposed with a little elbow nudge on the train and a ‘shall we get married?’ It might not seem romantic but it’s certainly a memorable and unique story.)
Choosing the ring
However you decide to propose, your next step will be to choose the ring and there’s really no right or wrong way to go about this. In some cases, couples will make their choice together, while in others the bride-to-be will leave hints and tips for their partner to make the final decision. The main things to consider are:
- Price – choose a budget you are both comfortable with. Traditionally it was equivalent to two months’ salary.
- Design – there are an array of designs, metals, diamond shapes and sizes to choose from.
- Stone type – diamonds have long been seen as a token of love but there are many other gemstones you can choose. Princess Catherine wears a beautiful sapphire and diamond cluster for example.
- Do you have a family heirloom? Perhaps you might want to have it remodelled.
To help you decide what style to choose, start by taking inspiration from her wardrobe. Do you feel she has a classic and subtle style? Or does she wear bold and bright colours? You can also ask family and friends for their advice – but make sure to tell them if you’re planning a surprise. When I sit with a client I take the time to get to know them and find out about their lifestyle. After all, a fully diamond encrusted ring might not be practical for a sporting athlete for example.
Over the coming months I will share with you some helpful tips on choosing the right ring, the different diamond qualities and our bespoke design service.