Being that G. Thrapp Jewelers has been in the jewelry business for 30 years, we know a thing or two about the in’s and out’s of getting engaged. Based on that extensive knowledge, we have compiled a list of things men should do when preparing to “pop the question”:
1. Ask for her hand
Chivalry isn’t dead. Most women expect you to have asked for her father’s blessing long before you propose. Don’t worry – this doesn’t have to be as formal as it sounds. Here are some ideas:
-pull her father aside next time you are at their house
-invite him to meet you for a beer after work
-offer to take both of her parents to dinner
2. Make it a surprise
If you don’t remember anything else on our list, remember this! Too frequently men bring in their girlfriends to pick out a ring. For all of you guys out there, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to impress your soon to be fiancé and everyone else you know with your keen sense of style. She will brag about how you picked out the ring on your own for years to come. G. Thrapp Jewelers has experienced sales associates that are trained to help you through the process of picking out the perfect ring – without her help!
3. Establish a price range
It is important to realize that prices are negotiable to a certain extent. Don’t be afraid to do a little online research to see what engagement rings cost. Also, look to word of mouth and online search engines to find a reputable jeweler that you can trust.
Remember not to stretch your budget too far. Make sure you establish a firm price with the sales associate you’re working with so they can present you with diamonds and mountings that fit within that range.
4. Find out her ring size
Try to swipe a ring from her jewelry box and take it to the jewelry store for them to measure. Just make sure she doesn’t catch you!
If that isn’t an option, your jeweler can always size the ring after you propose. While you’re getting her ring sized, you can introduce her to the store and staff and browse the wedding band selection. At G. Thrapp, we enjoy meeting the bride-to-be and establishing a relationship with her as well!
5. Research her style
If you aren’t aware, there’s a website where your girlfriend most likely shares her hopes and dreams in the form of a “pin.” It’s called Pinterest. It is a good idea to get on her Pinterest account, click on a board titled something like “My dream wedding” or “A girl can dream,” and see if she has pinned any engagement rings. By looking at her engagement ring pins, you can get an idea of the style of diamond and setting she likes.
You can also refer to what kinds of jewelry she wears on a day to day basis. Does she like silver, gold or platinum? Is her style traditional or glitzy? Don’t be afraid to ask her mom or her best friend for some help in this category.
6. Choose a reputable jeweler
Buying an engagement ring should be a fun adventure – never intimidating and NEVER boring. It is important that you chose a jeweler that you feel comfortable with so you know that you are buying a quality ring that your fiancé will love! At G. Thrapp Jewelers, our sales team is dedicated to providing the experience people deserve, not just what they expect.
7. Pick the ring setting
There are so many different styles and settings to choose from so it is important that you have a broad idea of what you are looking for! Do you think she will want a solitaire setting (single large diamond) or a multi-stone setting? Do you want the ring to look modern, simple, classic or vintage? Your sales associate will help guide you through all of these questions and make sure you find THE perfect ring.
8. Select a diamond
Now comes the fun part – you get to pick a diamond that YOU love. You are probably sitting at your computer thinking, “a diamond is a diamond” but there is much more to it. Diamonds are evaluated by the four C’s: color, cut, clarity and carat weight. At G. Thrapp, we show you a variety of different diamonds based on your price point and shape selection and you will be able to pick the one you like the most!
9. Insure the ring
This doesn’t seem like something you need to worry about just yet, but when you spend thousands of dollars on a ring, getting it insured is important. G. Thrapp Jewelers has an in-house appraiser who will fill out all the paperwork you need to send to your insurance company.
10. Think of a clever proposal
Our only tip for this piece of advice is to make sure you find a way to incorporate special moments of your relationship into the proposal. She is going be sharing this story for years, so make it one worth talking about. For great proposal ideas, check out the knot’s “50 Romantic Ways to Propose”!
Ok guys…Get ready… Get set… PROPOSE!