The Do’s & Don’ts for the prefect engagement!
* At a Special Occasion
* In Public
* At Home
Proposing to a love one is possibly the single most nerve-wracking aspect of a person’s life. Whether or not you’ve discussed marriage, the pressure to get that special moment just right is enormous. With that in mind, celebrity jeweller and founder of Vashi.com, Vashi Dominguez has provided his most valuable tips including his key do’s and don’ts for planning the perfect wedding proposal.
At a special occasion
The pros: Make a special occasion even more special by popping the question. Popular times to propose are birthdays, holidays, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, graduations and so on. You’ll already be on a natural high and add something spectacular to an already meaningful day.
The cons: Again, making sure you know the answer will be yes is crucial or what started as a happy occasion could end in heartbreak. Also, make sure it’s an occasion that’s special to you. Never hijack somebody else’s big day like a wedding or another family event with your own proposal, or you could be accused of stealing someone’s thunder!
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In public (a grand gesture)
The pros: Proposing in public echoes great romantic comedies and, if done well, can be the single most overwhelmingly romantic moment of a couple’s relationship. Whether it’s at a family occasion or using flashmobs, skywriting, theatrics, a homemade movie coming on while you’re in the cinema, a treasure hunt – there are many showstopping ways to show your spouse-to-be just how special they are to you in front of all of your friends and family. And if you’re stuck for ideas there’s no shortage of inspiration on the Internet, so don’t be afraid to do your research.
The cons: If you haven’t discussed marriage or your other half is shy or very private, this could end in disaster. Make sure you know what the answer will be before you put yourself out there! Another con is that if you are going to orchestrate something this big, it needs to be really epic or it could fall flat, so if you choose to go down this route, really go for it!
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The pros: Proposing in the comfort of your own home can be a wonderfully understated and intimate way to ask your partner to spend the rest of your life with you. It takes a lot of the pressure off of the situation, and can be very touching especially if it’s a home you share together. If your partner is particularly shy, a proposal in a comfortable and familiar environment will have far better results than a very public display.
The cons: With no grand romantic gesture to wow, what you say in that moment becomes the most important factor. If you struggle with sincere and heartfelt speeches, proposing at home could come across as you not making an effort and feel a bit lacklustre. Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you can’t do something special – cook your partner’s favourite meal, bring flowers and wine, or even organise private catering for two. In short, go the extra mile even if you aren’t leaving the house.
No matter how you choose to propose, the most important result is spending the rest of your life with the person you love!
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Take your time, prepare and save.
Research: If you’re prepared to take your time, putting thought and effort into shopping around, Vashi.com guarantee that you are more likely to find an engagement ring she’ll love at a price you can afford.
Don’t feel embarrassed to ask for help. Our expert team has worked with thousands of people who were initially unsure which engagement ring they should buy. We’re here to help you find the best deal for your budget and help save you money on the perfect ring of your choice.
Don’t buy a diamond ring just because it’s a tradition. Most women secretly dream of the moment when their boyfriend surprises them with a sparkling engagement ring – but it doesn’t have to be diamond. If you have a hunch your girlfriend really, really wouldn’t like a diamond engagement ring (and you may want to ask for pointers from her mum or her close friends), feel free to buy her a different engagement ring altogether. Sapphires, pearls, coloured diamonds and rubies are all popular choices with women who are looking for something a little different or who love a pop of colour.
Diamond and Blue Sapphire Ring in 18k White Gold
Don’t buy a ring with a wide band if your partner has short fingers. A diamond engagement ring should be proportional to the dimensions of her hands. A wide band can make short fingers appear even shorter, while an elongated diamond (such as an oval, pear or marquise shape) can make her fingers appear slightly longer. In contrast, a petite ring can look small and lost on long fingers and slender hands. Take a look at the jewellery your partner already wears and try to take some direction.
Don’t forget to consider whether she has an active lifestyle when you select a setting. Will your partner wear her ring all the time? A bezel or half bezel setting is less likely to get caught in clothing or whilst working, ideal if she is a sports fanatic or works with her hands.
Don’t hesitate to contact us if either of you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase. Vashi.com gives you a 90 day “no questions asked” money back guarantee on all jewellery bought from us, including engagement rings. We can swap it for a different ring from our collection or give you a full refund; we’ll also refund the cost of shipping the ring back to us.
Don’t get panic about proposing. Remember to enjoy the special union of a lifelong commitment ahead of you with the person you love.
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