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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I’m working on limiting my social media activity and only taking one picture to capture a moment instead of 30 trying to get them perfect. It’s been a nice side effect of minimalism and it’s helping me learn to not be so concerned with what others think, stop playing the comparison game, and live in the moment. I’m much more relaxed and happy without all the unnecessary drama and stress of the world. Definitely recommend trying it out if you struggle with anxiety like I do ❤️
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I’m really enjoying the simplicity of less makeup and less hair care lately 😌 it takes me 15 minutes to wake up and get ready every morning, including making coffee and my lunch! I feel more beautiful in my own skin which has been a life long struggle, laugh lines and all. This simple life is more than I ever expected in so many ways and keeps getting better as I go. How could your life be better with less?
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I’d be so lost without my mom and sister. I’m so blessed to have such a close relationship with them both. It wasn’t always this way but I’m glad that as I grew up, I realized how much I needed them both. They’re my rocks. .

I’m thankful for my mother-in-law because she’s accepted me wholeheartedly into the family and she raised my amazing husband and taught him how to treat me. Not everyone is so lucky to actually love their in-laws so I really appreciate this and don’t take it for granted!
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I’m thankful for my Godmother, Kim, my best friend Courtney’s momma who is literally like a second mom to me and I love her whole family dearly ❤️ they’re a constant blessing. .

And Happy Mother’s Day to the moms out there like me who hold their babies in their hearts instead of their arms 👼🏻 You are celebrated today, too! #happymothersday
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I always thought I was disorganized, but the truth is I just had too much stuff. Because let’s be real, if organizing your stuff actually worked, wouldn’t you be done by now?
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When I started talking about minimalism instead of fashion, my engagement dropped dramatically. Like, 70% probably. It was pretty upsetting in the beginning, not gonna lie. .

But likes and comments and followers aren’t what matter. The people that followed me before followed me for something I’m not talking about anymore, so that change is really ok with me. I’m appealing to a new audience now and I love that. I want to provide value to you guys, it’s the only thing that motivates me. I don’t post just to post anymore. I just had to realize that the people that are left still want to hear what I have to say, so I keep going for you! Thank you for being here ❤️
  • I’ve really been enjoying my time away from social media, but I also still enjoy mindlessly scrolling through pretty pictures sometimes. Life is all about balance. I see a lot of my fellow bloggers also struggle with the balance of creating a successful page and knowing when to give ourselves a break. It can be overwhelming! .

I put up a new blog post today about why I decided to give up on my shopping ban and instead focus on a LOW buy year and not a NO buy year. The main reason is it makes more sense for my life because things have come up and I don’t want to guilt myself into not buying something if it will make my life a bit easier. Minimalism is not about deprivation, it’s about intentionality. You can see the post at DaniThom.com via the link in my bio ❤️

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