- The Engagement Ring – Decide if you are going to purchase an engagement ring before or after you propose. It is extremely important to get her input on the engagement ring, unless she really wants you to surprise her. Remember that you want her to wear this ring for the rest of her life. How can you expect her to wear something for the rest of her life without at least knowing what style she prefers? If you want it to be a surprise, consider just purchasing a loose diamond (or other gemstone) and presenting it to her when you propose. Tell her you want to go shopping with her to set the stone in a setting of her choice. If you want her input. but still want it to be a surprise, take her ring shopping and have her pick out her 3 favorites and then you can decide later which one to actually buy. That way you know she’ll like it and she won’t know which one she is getting.
- Insurance – Once you have purchased the ring, one of the first things you should do is get it insured. An engagement ring can be added for an additional cost under most homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy.
- Wedding Planning – Be prepared to talk about wedding plans as soon as you get engaged and for months to come. Wedding planning is an involved process with lots of decisions to be made. Your bride-to-be will want at least a little input from you. Trust us, it’s easier to help than it is to fight about the fact that you’re not helping. Picking out flowers or looking at pictures of cakes might not be your idea of a good time, but you’re doing it for her and she’ll appreciate it.
- Start Spreading the News – Once you have proposed and she says yes, let the people that matter most in your lives know the happy news. This can be handled by making phone calls, or if you want to surprise everyone, invite them to a party and announce your engagement. You might also consider sending out announcement cards. That way people you don’t talk to all the time and distant relatives can know too. Don’t forget to announce your engagement in your local newspaper. Most papers still print your announcement with a picture for little to no cost.
- Celebrate – After you propose, celebrate the moment. This can be done with a bottle of champagne, over a romantic dinner, red roses, or anything that you both enjoy.
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