Featured Photo: Athens Wedding Photographer Blane Marable

When thinking about the most important purchases you will make in a lifetime, a car or a house may come to mind, but when it comes time to get down on one knee and settle down with the person you love, one of the first and most important decisions is selecting an engagement ring. An engagement ring is the ultimate symbol of commitment to your partner, and it should be chosen with deep thought. Afterall, one thing a bride loves more than anything is being able to show off her glimmering rock to family and loved ones. The task may seem daunting, but I’ve included several tips on where to begin and things to consider.

Photo Credits: Southern Frame Studio

Establish a Budget

If you’re looking to put a ring on it, you will find that it often comes with a steep price tag. Engagement rings are not cheap, but heading into the process with a realistic idea of how much you are willing to spend will help steer you in the right direction. Browsing through rings that are beyond your budget may have you running the risk of falling in love and being left disappointed. Don’t worry though, if your dream ring isn’t within your budget now, try choosing a simple band that offers room to grow. Lastly, keep in mind that no matter the price of the engagement ring you choose, the careful thought and uniqueness to her is what she will treasure the most.

Photo Credits: Southern Frame Studio

Suits her Style

While it may be easy to focus your sights on what engagement rings catch your eye, keep in mind that when looking for a ring, you ultimately should consider your partner’s desires and what fits her personality best. It’s time to get down to business and start researching! Since it may be hard to know your partner’s exact preferences without ruining the surprise, try contacting her friends because chances are she has shared her ideas with them. You can also check her Pinterest page, because she probably has tons of examples of her idea of the picture-perfect ring. Take notice of the jewelry she already owns, as this can make picking out the metal of the band more simple. If your partner has made it known she wants to participate in the ring selection process, you can always look into using a temporary presentation ring; that way the element of surprise remains intact.

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Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, so when designing an engagement ring, one of your top priorities should be deciding what shape you want the focal point of the ring to be. Diamonds can come in all shapes and sizes, so a simple way to personalize an engagement ring is to choose a shape that matches the style of your partner. Ask yourself: “is she classic and elegant or is she daring and bold?” This will help you narrow down your options. It is also important to consider that a diamond’s shape can be used to complement your hands. If you have shorter fingers, try accentuating them with a pear or oval shape, and if you have longer fingers, look at a cushion or princess shape.

Photo Credits: Athens Wedding Photographer Blane Marable

All of these tips will help make your engagement ring selection easier. When choosing the perfect ring for your spouse, don’t forget to enjoy the process. An engagement ring is much more than a sum of its parts. It is a reflection of the amazing woman who wears it and a symbol of the start of a beautiful journey together. For more wedding inspiration, view our other posts on weddingsinathens.com


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