There’s nothing quite like having a ring slipped on your finger while being asked the question, “Will you marry me?” It’s a landmark moment in your life! And you want everyone to see that magnificent engagement ring. But waving your rock in people’s faces can get old fast, so let’s examine some strategies for learning how to flaunt your engagement ring with class and a little dignified self-restraint.
A Visit to the Spa
A formal engagement is cause for celebration, so celebrate with a visit to the spa. You’ll want your nails looking pretty, certainly but don’t your hands deserve a touchup too? Beautifully cared-for hands and nails are the engagement ring’s natural viewing environment. As people eyeball your glorious rock, do you want their admiring gaze assaulted by hangnails and chapped skin? Certainly not! The ring’s the thing, so make a happy home for it.
Treat your hands to a hot wax treatment to refine the skin, then slide into the manicurist’s chair. Have your cuticles treated and trimmed and your nails shaped and painted. While gel and acrylic nails continue to be popular, an engagement ring isn’t on your finger to compete with them. Keep the look fresh and natural and let that divine ring take center stage.
Flaunting in the Age of Social Media
Whether your engagement’s been on the horizon for a while or comes as a complete, out-of-the-blue surprise, it’s social-worthy. Your engagement ring is, of course, the star of the show. So, now that your hands and nails have made that rock a worthy home, it’s time to share it with the world! Marshall the troops (your bridesmaids – chosen at the age of 12) to share your engagement ring on all your social channels. This is huge!
Put that lighting halo you snagged on Amazon to good use and take some beautiful photos. Good lighting makes all the difference when you’re flaunting your engagement ring on social media. My first choice would be a simple picture of your hand flaunting the ring. No cutesie poses, no scrabble pieces spelling out “love”. Just your hand and the ring.
The hand should appear relaxed and maybe only partially captured by the image, with the ring as close to the camera as possible for maximum impact. Hot wax treatment aside, the ring is the thing, so flaunt it hard. And resist the temptation to use cheesy filters or captions. Let the stunning photo you’ve taken speak for itself. Dramatic? Yes. But so is getting engaged to be married!
Go Traditional With an Engagement Party
What better way to give everyone a close-up look at your sparkling engagement ring than a party for all your friends and family? Sure it’s old-fashioned but don’t tell me you don’t love it! Life is short and celebrations are few. Grab the opportunity and make it count.
Dress for the occasion in a cocktail frock. Keep other jewelry minimal and your outfit simple but chic. People will never forget how special your engagement party was when you make it about the tradition of a ring promising eternity, the union of two families, and involving all your beloved people in the preparations for a joyful event.
Add photos of you and your beloved featuring the showpiece ring that binds you together, using the photos as a facet of your party decor. That might take the form of a slide show, a card attached to a favor bag, or a banner. Use your imagination and flaunt that engagement ring with traditional flair!
Besties Cocktail Soiree
Not the traditional type? Not to worry! There are a million ways to flaunt your engagement ring to the world. And an elegant besties cocktail soiree is yet another. To be effective in delivering the excited shock and awe you’re going for, tell them nothing about your engagement.
Get glamorous. Send your crew snazzy invitations to this exclusive little gathering by courier. Decorate. Mix Cosmopolitans and set out canapes. Your besties won’t know that this is the night you’ll invite them to be your bridesmaids – right after you flaunt that engagement ring!
Once they’ve all drifted in and are happily nibbling and sipping, disappear into your room and return wearing the ring. Say nothing. Let the light come on as they see your fabulous rock and realize what’s really going on. Wear earplugs, for there will be delighted shrieking!
If you’ve read this advice about how to flaunt your engagement ring wistfully, then perhaps it’s time to drop a hint, nudging your beloved into the engagement ring zone. Wherever you are on your journey to the altar, may your flaunting be joyful and your nudging, successful!