5 Tips for Finding the Perfect Engagement Ring

I’ve officially been engaged for 6 months, and only have 4 months left until our wedding! I’ve gotten so many compliments and questions on my engagement ring over the last few months, so I shared it on Instagram the other day for everyone who hadn’t already seen it. Jake gave me the ring of my dreams, and I’m so excited to wear it every day for the rest of my life!

I recently discovered a new website that’s all about getting engaged, and I wanted to share some fun articles from it along with 5 tips for finding the perfect engagement ring!

Related: See these engagement photos here! We also did a casual look here.

One of the main things that Jake and I talked about before we got engaged was what I wanted my ring to be like. He knew a few things were important to me but had no idea what my exact style was, so he took me to look at rings before hand to get an idea. Engagement ring shopping can be pretty overwhelming if you aren’t sure what you’re looking for!

I knew I didn’t want a diamond center stone because that’s what everyone has. I have so many friends with gorgeous rings that I literally wouldn’t know what ring belonged to what girl if they were all on a table together because they’re so similar! Which shows they all have great taste, but it was important to me that my ring was unique and one-of-a-kind.

I’ve collected some articles to share with you guys about engagement rings, because I know that it’s really exciting to start looking, but there are also some things you should know going in! And honestly, even if you’re not thinking about getting engaged, looking at rings and fantasizing is just fun. I’m pretty sure all girls fantasize about their wedding their whole life, right?

All of these articles are from Oh So Perfect Proposal, which is a site I love that’s full of everything to do with engagements. Proposal ideas, rings, wedding bands, etc. You can even submit your proposal story and be featured on their page!

Related: Read My Proposal Story Here

I’m a fan of pretty simple rings myself and didn’t want anything too crazy. If you’re a fan of simple rings, too, check out this post. It hits on all of the classics as well as the popular trends right now.

I’ve also always loved heart shaped rings, but they’re very hard to find and quite expensive. I didn’t want something super pricey, so that didn’t work out. This just shows you might have an idea of what you want, but it’s important to keep an open mind when you’re shopping because you never know what will change. I thought I had fallen in love with a specific style until I saw the one I ended up with!

If you’re a fan of unique rings, take a look at this post that shares 33 truly unique ring styles. They are so different and stunning. And this whole page is dedicated to different stone shapes if you’re trying to get an idea of what you like.

So here are my tips for you:

  1. Talk about what you want! If you’re with the man you’re going to marry, you need to be open with each other. Share your ideas, show him your Pinterest board (you know you have one!). Letting him wing it could end up coming back to bite you, so be up front with your taste.
  2. Go look at rings together. It’s SO crucial to actually try things on and get a feeling for what you like and what you don’t. It could easily change once you’re actually there. It did for me! This is also important to get the correct ring size. Trust me, you won’t want to take it off to get it resized!
  3. Let him know what means the most to you. To me, uniqueness was huge. He knew I wanted something different. If you want something specific, tell him that. This is not the time to be vague, ladies. If you want a halo or you only want white gold, make sure he knows that.
  4. Trust him to pick the right one. Giving your input is important, but I think it’s also really special for him to have the final decision. Jake and I found my ring together, but he picked the stone alone so I had no idea what the final product would look like. The surprise is key! Trust that he knows you and that you’ve communicated your style.
  5. Talk about getting engaged. This isn’t ring related, but it’s equally important. If you don’t want him to pop the question at the game on the big screen, let him know that. If you want a photographer there to catch the moment, or if you want him to ask your parent’s blessing, let him know ahead of time. I’m not saying plan your own proposal, but at least tell him what you don’t want. Check out these proposal ideas for some inspiration 😉

As always, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions!

XO,

Dani

*Thanks to Miss to Mrs Box for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own, as always.

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  • Simple is always better. I tried so hard to figure out what I was going to wear for Easter. I spent a good hour trying things on the week before. I sent my sister tons of pictures asking her thoughts. In the end, I wasn’t really satisfied with any of them for some reason so I decided to just go with an outfit I know I love and feel good in. For some reason wearing white just makes me feel super put together. And I managed to not spill anything on myself or get chocolate on my pants which is a major win y’all. .

We don’t need to overthink things so much. It just causes unnecessary stress. I do like to plan ahead because it saves me time, but I also should have realized sooner that the dress I was trying to make work just wasn’t working. Even though I love that dress, it doesn’t flatter me how I want it to and it might be time to let it go. Don’t be afraid to let go of things that don’t give you exactly what you need. You don’t have to settle, something else will always come along. Or you probably already have something else in your closet (or life, this isn’t limited to clothes!) that’s even better than what you’re trying to make work!
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  • “There is beauty in simplicity”
My simple wardrobe makes me so happy and I love the seemingly endless possibilities I have with it. Having a love of neutrals really works well for me with this! 
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  • The only things in my life these days are the things I really want there. This isn’t limited to the stuff in my house and the clothes in my closet. This includes my job, relationships, hobbies, everything. I’ve even started eating better as a by-product of simplifying my life and I just feel better over all. .

By removing the things and people that don’t make me happy, I have more time and energy for the things that do that I used to put off and not prioritize like I should have. We spend so much of our lives being “busy”. But what are we busy with? Most of it is actually unimportant when you break it down. .

I say no to things much more now and that allows me to spend more of my time relaxing and enjoying life. I used to constantly feel rushed or like I should be doing something. If I wasn’t moving, I felt like I was wasting my time. But the truth is, resting and just being home with Jake and the boys is my happy place. It brings me so much joy, so that’s what my priority is. .

Having more time to just BE has been amazing. Being more picky in my relationships has helped me really value the ones I hold most dear and has brought me to an amazing new job because I wasn’t willing to settle for anything less. Respect yourself and your time and prioritize the things that matter most to you. Life’s too short to live any other way.
  • “When you love what you have, you have everything you need.” So many wonderful things have happened since I simplified my life. Changing my outlook on life wasn’t really intentional, but I’m so thankful it happened when it did. I was kind of at a breaking point. Fed up with where I was and how things were going with my old job. Struggling with depression and comparison. I knew something had to change but I had no idea what. Simplicity was that thing. .
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Now, I spend way less time on social media. I deleted Facebook off my phone and haven’t  looked at it in weeks. I’m much happier without it. I read a lot more. I’m getting much better at ignoring the impulse to pick up my phone and when I am on it, to compare my life to the perfect pictures people post. I even cut a few inches off my hair! 💇🏻‍♀️ I want things as easy as they can be right now. It takes a lot of stress out of my life. Try to go a whole weekend without social media and see how awesome it feels!

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