Tips & Tricks

Step by Step Checklist for Buying an Engagement Ring

Getting married is one of the most exhilarating experiences of everyone’s life. Everyone is just so excited to spend eternity with the love of their life. 

But planning for the wedding can be a tiresome process. From picking the right wedding attire to choosing your honeymoon destination, there’s a lot to take care of when it comes to wedding planning. 

And it all starts with getting engaged. You propose to your partner for marriage and seal the deal with a beautiful engagement band. So, wouldn’t you want to kickstart your marriage planning process with a perfect ring?

If yes, then here’s a checklist that can help you steer clear of the confusion and buy the perfect ring to swoop your fiance off their feet. Read on to know the steps you would need to take to make a perfect purchase. 

Find what your fiance is expecting of you

See, even if you are purchasing a band to make a declaration of your love, you are ultimately buying it for your fiance. So, you need to figure out their style and what kind of ring they would love to wear for the rest of their life. 

Having a brief idea about your fiance’s style would help you narrow down your options, making things a bit easier for you. 

If you are planning on a surprise proposal, ask your fiance’s friend or family members who are well-versed with their style and don’t spill the beans. Show them different engagement rings that suit your budget and take their opinion into consideration. Speaking of which…

Determine your budget

Imagine walking into a jewelry store and falling in love with a ring you can’t afford. That would be disappointing. Right?

Once you get an idea of your partner’s style, your next step would be to determine your spending limit. And if you are going for a custom-made band, you would have to take into account additional costs as well. 

That’s why you need to be honest and upfront with your budget so that you don’t end up purchasing something that breaks your bank.  Obviously, you have a wedding to plan for and you wouldn’t want to fall under a financial crunch right before you even start the planning process.

Settle on the centerpiece stone

Engagement bands usually have prominent centerpiece stones. In fact, some of the pieces are also designed as three-stone rings. Still, the centerpiece stone makes all the difference in the designs of the rings. 

For this, it would be best to refer to the 4Cs- color, cut, clarity, and carat. And if you are going to purchase loose diamonds to place in your custom-made band, make sure you look for the certification. 

If you want a diamond in your band, you would also need to decide on its shape and color. For instance, if you are looking for a lot of fire and brilliance in your band, you can opt for oval, radiant, or princess shapes to offer the sparkle you want. And if your fiance loves vintage stuff, you can also go for a cushion cut or a heart-shaped one for a whimsy and romantic feel.

In the end, 

Marriage is such a happy, joyful affair and if you’re reading this blog post, it’s likely that “congratulations” are in order! Shopping for engagement rings can be confusing. Fortunately, the step-by-step checklist can streamline your shopping experience and help you pick the perfect band to match your budget and fiance’s style – we don’t want to start planning the divorce already!

Rachael is a 31 year old mum to 10 year old Luke and 5 year old Oscar. She lives in England and writes about family life, crafts, recipes, parenting wins(and fails), as well as travel, days out, fashion and living the frugal lifestyle.

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