We love our grooms and quite frankly, there isn’t enough out there for them (especially in Australia!)!
Polka Dot Groom focuses on the guys, from style and fashion to tips & tricks, this place is purely for the boys. Share your stories, your thoughts, your troubles and how you navigated the wedding world!
I wondered last week why Australians don’t seem to really “do” bow ties at weddings (except for black tie). Are we too laid back? Is it because it’s so often a “Southern USA” thing? I love the look of a sweet bow tie, it’s such a fun, quirky touch to add to your wedding day outfit. I remember when I was growing up my father had a red bow tie with tiny silver polka dots (oh gosh, seems the love of polka dots was present even then!) that I just loved and always liked to look at when he got dressed up to go to a ball.
Welcome to 2010 on Polka Dot Bride! I’m going to kick off the year with a very special guest, someone who is near and dear to me- Mr Polka Dot!
Mr Polka wrote this post last year and since the festive season is the time when most proposals happen, I thought this was a perfect time to share his words with you. So this is choosing a ring from a guy’s point of view!
So you’ve decided that you’re going to ask that special lady in your life to marry you.
That is going to mean getting an engagement ring. There are a couple of ways to go about doing this. First up is the traditional way, go out and select the ring yourself to surprise her with, or propose and take her with you to pick out the ring she would love.
There are pro’s and cons for both of these methods.
If you really want to surprise her with the bended knee and opening ring box you’re going to have to get it yourself. My best advice for this method is to be observant. If you know more about what her likes and dislikes are in this area you’re more likely to pick something that she is going to scream over and feel wonderful showing off to all her friends.
If she never talks about weddings or wedding rings you may not be able to get a perfect idea of the ring she would love, however you can garner plenty of information from the rest of her jewelery collection. What kind of colour does she like? Is she a gold, white gold or silver girl? Or if she has a lot, what does she wear the most on her hands. Also does she prefer subtle jewelery, or is she into the louder more extravagant items. This will all give you great insight into what to pick out for her.
Now once you have been observing this, my next suggestion would be to find a very helpful jeweler. It will be much easier for if you find a jeweler who will help you through the process of picking out the perfect ring. This may mean going to a few jewelers until you find the right one for you.
The other way of course is to ask the question without the ring and to pick out the ring together. This method of course means you don’t have to worry about getting the right ring on your own. Before you head down this path thinking it’s the easy way however it might be worth gauging from her how she feels about this way. It will require tact on your part to work this out without giving away your intention.
We wouldn’t want you just come out and ask the question with out the ring if she really has her heart set on the question coming with the ring in the box.
Once you’ve decided on a method of getting the ring for her, the next major task for you is the proposal. That my friends is an art of it’s own, however I’m assured that rolling over on the couch, letting off gas and saying ‘how about it babe’ might not be the best way to go.