What to Know Before Engagement Ring Shopping

Becoming engaged is very exciting.  While your friends and family will be eager to congratulate you, more than likely their first words will be, “Let me see that ring!”  It will be with you always, so if you are beginning the selection process, here is a guide for choosing your style. 

Shape and Texture

Typically, the shape of the diamond if the first thing you will select.  Square, round, and pear-shaped stones are very popular this year, and each of these options are stunning and timeless.  But, keep in mind the difference between shape and cut of your stone.  While the shape reflects its appearance, the cut describes its ability to reflect light.   Try on a variety of options, as one may look better on your finger than the next.

After you decide which shape and cut you prefer, pay choose attention to its texture. Note your preference to the stones that are smooth on the top vs. the ones with more of an angle. It may be the determining factor between a few of your top choices. 

Color

While you may already know if you prefer a gold or silver band, you may be surprised to find that adding color into your ring gives it a beautiful edge.  Look at a variety of colored diamonds and even branch out into rings with alternative stones. For example, sapphires, emeralds, and amethyst are beautiful and each carry a special meaning. Diamonds aren’t for everyone. 

Yes, some couples like to shop for engagement rings together, but you may find that your significant other will surprise you! If you have a unique preference in mind, don’t be afraid to speak up…and no need to be conventional.  

Who Will Give Me Away?

Brides have been walked down the aisle by their fathers for many generations, and it is a beautiful wedding tradition.  Unfortunately, there are varying situations that leave brides wondering who will fill the spot of “Dad” on their wedding day.  Here are some alternatives.

Close Friend or Relative

Relatives that share a close bond are always a terrific alternative when a father cannot be present.  Brothers, uncles, step fathers, or cousins who have played a significant role in your past are a great substitute. Although, they can’t take the place of a late father, it is nice to have love and support from someone special who will stand alongside.   

If there are no family members that can fill this role, reach out to close friends.  Do you have a best friend who supports you and your marriage?  Remember, this is your day…the friend does not have to be male!  

Walk Alone

If deciding who will lead you down the aisle give you away during your ceremony is not so easy, rest assured that many brides are choosing to walk alone these days.  Simply asking your officiant to leave out the terminology, “Who gives this bride away…” is okay.  Many grooms meet their bride half way down the aisle and complete the walk by her side. This gesture is sweet, romantic, and speaks volumes to the start of a new life together.  If you are choosing to walk alone, but still want to honor your father, carry one single flower or candle to symbolize and honor his presence.

If walking alone is what you choose, note that many brides find this decision to be easier if they keep the decision close to heart before the ceremony.  Gathering too many opinions can become emotionally overwhelming and possibly stir up conflicting opinions.  The choice is yours, and there is not right or wrong answer.   

Whether you walk alone, or with a loved one, remember that you will be surrounded by friends and family who are there to honor your new marriage.