October 4, 2019

How to Find Out Her Ring Size Without Her Knowing

Many people want their proposal to have an element of surprise, so the proposal will be even more exciting! But there’s one thing that can make a surprise proposal particularly challenging: figuring out her ring size. When you go to order an engagement ring, you have to order it in a specific size. And since ring size basically never comes up in a casual conversation, most people don’t know their sweetheart’s ring size. So how do you sneakily figure out this crucial piece of information before you pop the question? Read on to learn our top tips on how you can find out her ring size without her knowing!

1. Borrow a Ring

One way to find our her ring size without her knowing is to borrow one of her rings, then get it measured by a jeweler. If you use this strategy, know that it’s very important that you know which finger she wears this ring on. All of our fingers are slightly different sizes. So if she doesn’t wear the ring you sneak away with on her left ring finger, be sure to note which finger she does wear it on. Then, tell that info to the jeweler (also be sure to tell them which hand is her dominant hand, which can affect finger size) so they can make an educated guess on her engagement ring finger size.

2. Imprint or Trace a Ring

If you’re worried she may notice if you borrow one of her rings for a while, you can also try tracing one of her rings, then taking your tracing to a jeweler for measurement. Draw an outline of one of her rings on a piece of paper or put it on your finger and mark where it sits with a pen. If you’re concerned that your tracing skills will be inaccurate, you can also try the classic strategy of making an imprint of her ring in a bar of soap.

3. Sneakily Use a Ring Sizer at Home

Another way to figure out her ring size without her knowing is to use an at home ring sizer. This printable ring sizer allows you to measure one of her rings by aligning it with a circular ring size chart. It also includes a printable paper sizer that is a bit harder to use sneakily. But to learn how you can, read on our next idea!

4. Use the Sleeping Beauty Strategy

If your sweetheart is a very heavy sleeper, you can measure her ring size when she’s sleeping. Use a paper sizer, like the printable one mentioned above, while she’s in a deep sleep. Or, alternatively, try measuring her ring finger with a piece of string or fishing line. While this strategy only works if she’s a deep sleeper, this is a great option (that’s usually highly accurate!) if she is.

5. Ask Her Friends or Family

Another way to sneakily figure out her ring size is to ask around. If you’re getting close to engagement, it’s very possible that your girlfriend has told her friends or family her ring size. Also, it’s possible that her family has bought her a ring in the past, so they might know her ring size even if she hasn’t mentioned it recently. While her friends and family may not always know her size, this strategy is always worth a shot!

If one of her friends or family doesn’t know her ring size, you can also ask them to do a bit of intel for you. If she has a close friend or family member who is a good actor (and can keep a secret), you can ask them to help you discover her size. They can pull the classic “try on my ring so I can see how it looks on you” move. Or, if she has any loved ones who are close to engagement themselves, you can ask them to go ring shopping with her (for the friend or family member) and note her size while they shop.

General Tips for Guessing Ring Size

The most accurate way to find out her ring size is to ask her directly or go get her professionally sized together. But, of course, many people don’t want to do that, since it would ruin the element of surprise. While the tips above are great ways to figure out her ring size, some of them require a bit of guessing. If you do have to guess her approximate size, we have a few tips!

First, know that the average women’s ring size is a size 6. So if you’re guessing based on no information and her fingers look average in size, size 6 isn’t a bad place to start with your guess. Then, also know that it’s generally better to go with a slightly bigger size than a size that is too small. Most engagement rings can be resized but it’s usually easier to size down rather than size up. Plus, for the proposal itself, you’ll want to make sure you can actually get her engagement ring on her finger. Finally, if you’re completely unsure about her size and really don’t want to guess, know that you can always get a temporary proposal ring. You can propose with a plain sterling silver or gold band, then order that real, spectacular engagement ring after she says yes!

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September 24, 2019

Storing the Ring Before the Proposal: Safe Places to Hide Your Engagement Ring

You’ve found the one and the ring— but where do you hide that ring before the proposal? Making sure your partner doesn’t find the engagement ring can be a little tricky. You don’t want them to stumble across it, since that would ruin the surprise! And finding a great hiding spot can be challenging, especially if you already live together or if your partner spends a lot of time at your place. But we’re here to help! Read on to learn our top tips on where you should store the ring before the proposal.

In Your Stuff (That They Don’t Have Interest In)

A lot of hobbies come with a good amount of supplies or gear. And if you have a hobby that your partner isn’t at all interested, hiding the engagement ring in your personal supplies or gear can be a great strategy. Consider tucking the engagement ring away in your baseball memorabilia collection, in your golf bag, in your craft supplies, or in whatever other stuff your partner never looks through (and would never want to).

In Your Luggage

If you aren’t going on a trip any time soon, hiding your engagement ring in your luggage is a great strategy. Luggage is something that tends to just sit in a closet until it’s time to jet off. Since luggage is something most people rarely think about until it’s time to go on a trip, it’s very unlikely that your sweetheart would stumble across the ring if you go with this hiding spot.

In Holiday Decorations

If you have holiday decorations stored away (and that holiday isn’t coming up), consider hiding your engagement ring in a holiday storage box. Unless you live with your partner and they’re having a decluttering moment, it’s very unlikely that they’ll search through your off season holiday decor and find the ring.

Up High in a Hard to Reach Spot

When people search for things, they tend to look look under or below things. So if you think your partner may search around your place, consider putting your engagement ring up high in a hard to reach spot. You can hide the ring on a tall shelf, at the top of a closet, or in a high cabinet.

This strategy works even better when combined with some of our other hiding spot tips. If you normally store any luggage, hobby equipment, or holiday decorations up high, it’s even less likely that your partner will find the engagement ring hidden away up high in something they never normally look through.

At Your Office

If you have a private office at work, your office is a great place to hide your engagement ring. Your partner is pretty unlikely to be at your office without you, so it’s very unlikely they would find your office hiding spot. If you use this hiding spot idea, just remember not to keep your ring in an area other people you work with (or other people who have access to the building) could easily access. Engagement rings are valuable, after all, so the best hiding spot within an office is in a private locked drawer or private safe.

With a Trusted Friend or Family Member

If you have a friend or family member who is trustworthy and can keep a secret, it’s a great idea to give them the engagement ring for safekeeping. If your engagement ring is safely tucked away at a secure second location, there’s virtually no chance of your partner discovering it.

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February 15, 2019

Places to Propose in Las Vegas

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas— unless, of course, you’re lucky enough to get engaged there! Las Vegas is one of the most thrilling, entertaining spots for a destination proposal. The city’s colorful lights, stunning sights, and many thrilling attractions make it the perfect place for a fun, memorable proposal. Are you thinking of popping the question in Las Vegas? Check out our list of the best places to propose in Las Vegas to find your perfect location.

The Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas

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Who says you have to go all the way to Paris to propose at the top of the Eiffel Tower? If you’re in Vegas, the Paris Hotel and Casino is home to an Eiffel Tower replica of its own. The Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas actually has a dedicated lookout spot that is specifically designed for proposals. Just be sure to make a reservation well in advance of your trip and you’ll have the perfect spot for her to say “oui.”

The Fountains at Bellagio

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If you don’t mind having a more public proposal, the Bellagio Fountains are an incredibly romantic spot. The Fountains are one of the hottest attractions on the strip and its regular shows always draw large crowds. So, while it will likely be busy no matter what time you propose there, if you don’t mind crowds, it’s a gorgeous proposal spot. And if the Fountains appeal to you but you prefer a bit more privacy, you can always book a room at the Bellagio that overlooks the Fountains.

Conservatory Gardens at Bellagio

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Up next is another excellent Bellagio proposal spot: the Conservatory Gardens. All year long, the Bellagio has a beautiful, always changing floral display located inside their hotel. The floral displays depict whimsical, magical scenes, which are charming at any time of year but particularly beautiful during the holidays. While the Conservatory Gardens are always popular, if you want to beat the crowds when proposing there, try going very early or late.

Off the Strip: Seven Magic Mountains

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If you’re looking for a spot that’s a bit off the beaten path (and off the strip), consider proposing at Seven Magic Mountains, a colorful art exhibit just outside of Las Vegas. This exhibit (open to everyone) is a display of seven vibrantly colored pillars that beautifully contrast with the scenic Las Vegas desert. If your partner loves art or nature, she’ll be thrilled by this hip (and Instagram worthy) proposal spot. 

The Venetian Gondolas

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The Venetian hotel is known for the canals that run through the property. A ride on a gondola in the Venetian is romantic on its own, but it’s even more romantic when it comes with a proposal. Luckily, the Venetian has a number of gondola proposal packages (including ones with photographers and planners) to help your gondola proposal go swimmingly.

The Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay

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Have you ever dreamed of proposing under the sea? Your dream could become a reality at the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay. Their aquarium is home to over 100 sharks and thousands of exotic fish. While there are many scenic spots inside the aquarium, the best might be in their aquarium tunnel, where sharks swim all around you (including above you).

At the Top of the Stratosphere

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The Stratosphere has a rotating restaurant called The Top of the World at its peak that lets you enjoy a 360 degree view of Las Vegas while dining. If your partner loves fine dining and gorgeous views, The Top of the World is an incredible proposal spot.

Of course, for thrill seekers, there’s another proposal option at the Stratosphere: before or after riding their sky high roller coaster. Attached to the hotel is the X-Scream, which takes riders 27 feet over the edge of the casino. You don’t want to take an engagement ring out on a roller coaster (we wouldn’t recommend that) but you could always propose right after riding, when you’re both feeling that thrilling rush of adrenaline.

The High Roller at the LINQ Las Vegas

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The High Roller is a relatively new addition to the Strip. This chic observation wheel takes riders on a 30 minute ride that delivers stunning views of the strip, which is perfect for a proposal. They even have a proposal package, which comes with a VIP cabin for 2 to 10 guests (so you can go as a couple or with some friends), champagne, and chocolate strawberries.

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July 23, 2018

Fun Summer Proposal Ideas in Los Angeles

Summer is the perfect time to propose in Los Angeles. It’s the time of the year everyone gets outside to enjoy LA’s gorgeous weather and have some fun in the sun with their loved ones. There are so many exciting and creative ways to propose during LA’s lovely summer months. To help you get inspired for your proposal, let’s take a look at some of our favorite fun summer proposal ideas in Los Angeles.

Pop the Question at a Screening Under the Stars

Every summer, Cinespia hosts screenings of classic films out on the lawn at the world famous Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Attending one of these screenings is a quintessential LA summer activity— and a Hollywood Forever screening is an incredibly romantic spot to propose, especially if your sweetheart is a big movie buff. Just be sure to plan ahead if you’re thinking of popping the question at one of these screenings, as they’re usually packed. Plan to get there early and come prepared with blankets, pillows, a great picnic spread and, of course, your engagement ring.

Propose While Enjoying Great Food and Even Better Views

If you’re planning on proposing to a food fanatic, why not take advantage of LA’s gorgeous scenery and propose at a restaurant with a stunning view? There are many options to choose from, but some we love are Hollywood’s Mama Shelter, Malibu’s Mastro’s Ocean Club, and Downtown’s Perch. Make your reservation early and decide whether you’ll propose before, during, or after your meal together.

Listen to Great Music and Light Up the Night

There’s no better spot to propose to a music lover than at LA’s famous Hollywood Bowl. The Hollywood Bowl is one of the most unique music venues in the United States, with its gorgeous view of the Hollywood Hills, its perfect acoustics, and its much-loved BYOB (wine and beer only) policy. As a bonus, many summer concerts at the Bowl also include a fireworks show. So, if you want to up the magic of your Hollywood Bowl proposal, make sure to choose a show that also includes a dazzling display of lights.

Enjoy the Best of Nature and History at the Getty Villa

The Getty Villa is one of the most beautiful spots in Los Angeles. Featuring an incredible ancient art museum, a spectacular garden, and beautiful views, the Getty Villa is the perfect place to propose to a history buff.

Pop the Question in the Great Outdoors

If you and your partner love getting out into the great outdoors and prefer a more simple proposal, consider proposing at one of LA’s many excellent hiking trails. Two popular options are Runyon Canyon and Griffith Park but there are many different trails to choose from for your proposal, including some great trails by the ocean in Malibu.

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