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Because engagement rings are such important purchases, more and more couples have started shopping for their ring together, rather than leaving the whole decision up to the person proposing. Shopping as a couple is a different experience from shopping alone— you have to talk with your partner more to make sure you’re always on the same page. To help you have a great time shopping with your partner (and to help you both pick out an incredible ring!) we’ve put together this list of our top engagement ring shopping tips for couples. Read on to see all our top tips!
Communication Is Key
As with any aspect of your relationship with your partner, great communication is the key to success. When communicating with your partner during the engagement ring shopping process, remember to be open and honest with them, as well as staying open to hearing what they have to say. Don’t expect them to read your mind— say what you’re thinking, what you want, and have an honest discussion with your partner about it. An open dialogue is a recipe for success!
Get Educated, Together
So, if you’ve never shopped for an engagement ring before (and most people haven’t), there’s a lot to learn before you buy. You’ll want to learn about the 4Cs of diamonds (if you’re going with a traditional diamond ring), as well as all the pros and cons of different ring settings and setting metals. Getting educated about the different aspects of engagement rings can help you make better buying choices, as well as narrow in on what’s most important to you about your ring.
Know Your Budget— And Stick To It
This one’s a big one: know your budget and stick to it. When it comes to buying an engagement ring, of course, you’ll want to get a ring you absolutely love. But buying a ring that’s a financial strain is no way to start a marriage. That’s why it’s incredibly important to figure out what your budget is and to stick to it.
When considering your budget, make sure you pick an amount both you and your partner are completely comfortable with.
Think Outside the Box
Not all engagement rings today have to be the classic diamond solitaire engagement ring. Today, there are so many more options for engagement rings, from colored diamonds to beautiful gemstone rings, that might better fit your style. As a bonus, a lot of diamond alternative engagement rings are also a little easier on the wallet.
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Our last tip is perhaps the most important shopping tip of all: have fun! Shopping for an engagement ring shouldn’t be a chore or cause any fights. This ring is meant to be a symbol of your eternal love for each other, something that represents the spirit of your relationship.
So, if you ever find yourself stressed about shopping for your engagement ring, take a moment to relax, regroup, and rethink the way you’re shopping. Having a good experience shopping with your partner is as important as the ring you end up choosing, so relax and enjoy the process together.