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10 Cheapskate Proposals & How to Fix Them
You don’t have to break the bank on an expensive diamond engagement ring to sweep her off her feet. And you don’t need to spend a fortune planning a romantic and memorable proposal either.
But – and this is really important – your proposal shouldn’t be cheap. Let me explain what I mean by cheap. You can spend zero dollars and carefully plan the most heartfelt, wonderful proposal in the world that is anything but cheap. Or you can spend very little time, effort and money and throw together a proposal that feels thoughtless and shoddy. This is the kind of cheapskate proposal you want to avoid. Here are 10 poorly planned proposals… and ways to fix them to give her that romantic moment she deserves.
Having a few too many at happy hour and slurring your way through a semi-coherent proposal. Worse yet, not remembering it the next day.
If you’re both into wine or beer, arrange a private tour and tasting at a local winery or brewery. Find one with a beautiful setting, and arrange with the staff to find you a quiet spot where you can pop the question over a glass to toast with.
Surprising her at work and awkwardly proposing in her cubicle while curious co-workers watch.
Tell her to clear her schedule one Friday night after work. Give her time to dress up, then surprise her with a bouquet of her favorite flowers. Head out on a romantic date night, and propose when the time feels right.
Proposing at any kind of fast food establishment. This especially includes writing “Will you marry me?” in pepperoni on top of a delivery pizza or displaying the diamond engagement ring on a hamburger.
Step away from the drive-thru. No woman dreams of the sweet declarations of love that you whisper over a shared order of crinkle-cut fries (I don’t care if it’s at White Castle’s Valentine’s Day special). Instead, pack a picnic of her favorite foods. This can be as simple as good bread, cheese, chocolate and wine, or as complicated as gourmet takeout from the French bistro she loves. Go on a hike, or hit the road on a surprise day trip. Stop somewhere scenic just the two of you, and propose during your picnic.
Via text. Getting the message, “U wanna get married?” followed by a bunch of emoji is not a good idea.
Pen a handwritten love letter that expresses how much she means to you and why you want to spend the rest of your life together. Ask her to read it, and just as she’s finishing, get down on one knee.
Asking her to marry you when you’re in the car (it doesn't matter where you're driving).
The car is not the place to ask your beloved any life-changing questions (eyes on the road!). Plus, if you’re like most people, you spend far too much time in your car as it is. Instead, break your routine and plan a day of biking, horseback riding or snuggling up in a horse-drawn carriage. Find a moment when you can look into each other’s eyes, and then propose.
Running weekend errands and taking a break in the middle of the aisle or in the parking lot to ask her to marry you.
We all love Target, but it’s just not the place for a romantic proposal. By all means, take a break from tedious errands one Saturday, but do it in style. Go on a local adventure together. Explore a new part of your city, or check out a museum or event you’re interested in. Spend the day relaxing and forgetting about your to-do list. Then cozy up at home or at a favorite restaurant for your proposal.
Lounging around in your PJs watching Netflix or playing video games, and casually handing her a box with an engagement ring in it.
A night at home can be cozy and sweet instead of mundane. Tell her you’d like to do date night without leaving the house. Light a fire or some candles, put on feel-good tunes and cook a special meal. Before you bring out dessert, present her with a diamond engagement ring and ask her to marry you.
Yelling “Will you marry me!” over the ruckus of a lively party with family or friends.
Celebrating your engagement with your loved ones is a sweet sentiment, but you want the moment to feel special and intimate, not loud and chaotic. Plan a proposal for just the two of you, then make plans to surprise her later with a celebration with family and friends.
Hiding the diamond engagement ring in food, running the risk that she breaks a tooth or swallows it.
You should definitely indulge your sweetheart’s sweet tooth, but there’s no need to put the ring inside the food (or even in a glass of champagne, for that matter). If you bake well, surprise her with her favorite homemade dessert; if not, visit the best bakery in your neighborhood. Wrap up the sweets in pretty paper, and hide the ring box within tissue paper inside.
Starting your proposal with the words, “Well, we’ve been dating a while now and this just seems like the next logical step…” or other equally unromantic thoughts.
The words you use cost nothing, but they mean everything! One of the biggest proposal mistakes is to not communicate how overjoyed you would be to marry her. Don’t hold back – let her know that you feel like the luckiest guy in the world to be building a life with her.
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Creative Proposal Ideas Involving Her Dog
In the '90s romantic comedy “You’ve Got Mail,” the secret identity of Meg Ryan’s online admirer (spoiler alert!) is finally revealed at the end of the movie, not by Tom Hanks, but by his character’s big golden retriever, Brinkley. When Joe Fox and Kathleen Kelly kiss in the park after the truth comes out, Brinkley joins their embrace.
For some couples, their pets are an important part of their relationship and their future life together. Some couples even choose to have their dog, cat, or other pet play a pivotal role in their proposal or wedding. Do you have a beloved pet that you would like to incorporate into your proposal? Here are a few sweet and romantic ways to include your furry friend in the moment you get down on one knee with a diamond engagement ring.
Creative Proposal Ideas Involving a Dog
1. The Outdoorsy
This one requires a good dose of attention to detail, so only go for it if you're nearby to monitor closely! Dig a shallow hole in the garden. Bury the engagement ring box along with a few dog biscuits, and loosely cover the area with dirt (making sure you know where it is, just in case). If you have a retriever or another dog that's good at sniffing out treats, he's likely to track down the bone, eat it, and then come drop the ring box in your lap to play. Practice a few times in advance, rewarding your dog for each time he delivers the box successfully. Your significant other is sure to be surprised by this pleasant alternative to a drool-covered tennis ball.
2. The Classic
Once you have shopped for rings and found the perfect diamond engagement ring for your bride, tie the ring box to your dog’s collar with a colorful ribbon. Call the dog over and wait for your better half to find her ring. This is one of the more common proposal ideas involving a dog.
3. The High-Tech
Take a cue from this couple that gave their beloved dog the role of videographer at their winter wedding. Fasten a GoPro to your pup's collar, and bring her along for when you present your sweetheart with a diamond engagement ring. Your dog will delightedly capture your magical proposal on camera, and you can later edit into a short film you'll treasure forever.
4. The Written Word
Perhaps having your pet deliver the ring is not quite what you have in mind when you think of proposal ideas involving a dog, because you would prefer to select your affordable wedding jewelry together. Fortunately, there are other ways to get your dog involved. Custom design a collar and dog tag with your personal proposal message. Or tie a letter to the dog’s collar to be delivered to your spouse-to-be.
5. The Scavenger Hunt
Plan a special scavenger hunt that will take your girlfriend and your dog on an adventure to memorable spots in your relationship. Leave clues to lead them to where you met, where you first kissed, where you went on your first date, where you bought your pet. Celebrate the grand finale by surprising her with a ring.
5 Ways You’ll Ruin Your Proposal
There’s no one way to plan the perfect proposal, and no foolproof engagement checklist everyone should follow. Each couple is unique, and you have inside intel into what would be most romantic and meaningful for the two of you.
But while there are countless wonderful ways you can pop the question, there are also a few surefire showstoppers. Avoid these common proposal mistakes, and ensure that your story is one you will both love to tell for years to come.
1. You ask before she’s ready.
Asking your partner to marry you is a very big deal, and you should treat it that way. Think long and hard about why the two of you are right for each other and why you want to spend the rest of your lives together. Have honest conversations about your future plans before even thinking about shopping for affordable engagement rings. When you propose, you want the moment to be a surprise – not the answer you’re going to receive!
2. You try to wing it.
Some of the most heartfelt proposals are sweet and simple… but this doesn’t mean that no thought went into them. Write down the main thoughts you want to remember in the moment. Don’t try to memorize a script, but jot down the sentiments you want to convey. If you try to improvise on the spot, you’re likely to draw a blank and miss out on an opportunity to tell her how much she means to you.
3. You don’t listen to your instincts.
There’s a lot of social pressure around planning the perfect proposal. You watch a dozen different flash mob proposals on YouTube or listen to the helpful advice your friends, parents and second cousins offer… and pretty soon, you’ve lost sight of what’s right for the two of you. Try to ignore these outside expectations and focus on what she would want. When in doubt, plan something private and thoughtful – one of the most common proposal mistakes is putting on a big public show when that’s not her style.
4. You tell too many people.
It’s an exciting time, so it’s natural to want to tell everyone you know about your proposal ideas and your short list of affordable engagement rings. But resist this temptation! The more people who know about your upcoming proposal, the bigger the possibility that someone will let the secret slip. Tell a small circle of friends and family you trust to keep it quiet and help you with plans.
5. You don’t have the ring (or a plan for one).
In a survey of more than 19,000 couples from The Knot, "proposing with no ring" was ranked as the biggest engagement mistake. Do some digging in advance – ask her friends, stalk her Pinterest boards, ask subtle questions – to find the ideal diamond engagement ring to propose with. Or if you know she’ll want to be involved in the shopping process, opt to propose with a family ring as a stand-in – then celebrate your engagement by picking out the perfect matching trio ring set.
Still not sure how to propose?
Download our free Gentleman’s Guide to Proposing.
My Trio Rings vs. Jared: Layaway Plan and Shipping for Diamond Rings
We’re one of a kind here at My Trio Rings. We strive to give our customers the best possible wedding ring shopping experience they can have by combining an unmatched level of service and a wide selection of quality wedding ring sets. In fact, this is such a cornerstone of our business that we don’t think you’ll find another retailer that compares – either online or in store.
To prove it, we’ve been sizing up our competition. In a previous post, we compared our layaway plan to Walmart’s layaway plan. This week, we’re looking at the Jared the Galleria of Jewelry and examining what makes My Trio Rings an easier and more convenient shopping experience for finding your perfect wedding ring sets.
Jared offers a credit financing plan. While this is convenient for some customers, it is highly dependent on past credit history and can also make their purchase far more expensive when factoring in high interest rates. To take advantage of this program, you must open up a Jared credit card and either follow a 12-month plan or an 18-month plan.
Just by taking a quick look at this comparison, it’s clear that the My Trio Rings layaway plan is more convenient and customer-focused. We don’t call it a financing plan because you don’t need to open up a credit card account with us for a flexible payment option.
Customer service and convenience are always top of mind at My Trio Rings? Check out the differences between our policies and Jared's when it comes to shipping.
Our Shipping Policy: Free shipping on orders within the U.S.
Jared’s Shipping Policy: Free shipping to any of their stores. Shipping charges will apply when the jewelry shipped to your home.
When you buy with us, we want to make your purchase as easy and enjoyable as possible. That’s why we deliver your glittering diamond rings right to your doorstep for free!
Zales In-Store Credit vs. My Trio Rings
Where you buy your wedding jewelry is a big decision. It’s not every day that you make such a large, meaningful purchase – after all, you'll be wearing your wedding ring sets day in and day out for years to come. Even when your search is focused only on affordable engagement rings and wedding bands, it’s not an investment you want to make lightly.
Before you fall in love with any wedding ring sets and get caught up in the moment, it’s a good idea to sit down as a couple and come up with a plan to pay for them.
A mistake that many people make with a major purchase is to opt for a store-branded credit card that promises low interest rates – but those rates jump dramatically after a set period of time.
A recent Reuters article stated:
"U.S. retailers dangle enticing bait to sign up for store-branded credit cards but biting could be a costly decision for consumers, particularly for pricey items like engagement rings, computers or dining room sets that may take months, or even years, to pay off.
A recent analysis of 64 cards from 42 retailers by CreditCards.com (creditcards.com) found that the average interest rate for a store-branded card is more than 23 percent. Jewelry chain Zales topped the list with a rate of 28.99 percent, followed by office supply store Staples at 27.99 percent. The average credit card has an interest rate of 15 percent."
The Zales in-store credit option can look appealing at first glance to couples looking for affordable engagement rings and wedding ring sets. But it’s important to read the fine print and be realistic about how long it will take you to pay off a big-ticket item. Will you have to carry a balance on the store credit card? For how long? If you’re paying a high interest rate for months or years, you’ll end up spending far more than you’ve budgeted for over time.
Compared to the Zales in-store credit option, the My Trio Rings layaway plan is a more practical and economical choice for couples on a budget.
With our free layaway plan, you get your dream wedding ring sets without out stress or worry:
- No down payment
- No interest
- No fees
- A customizable payment schedule to fit your budget
Divide the payments into weekly, bi-weekly or monthly payments in the way that makes the most sense for you. Once you have made all the payments, we'll ship your rings!