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I think if the ring is important to her, it should happen. You shouldn't break the bank, instead focus on the style, material, and size she would like. (I would recommend looking at her hand size when figuring out the size of the ring. Women with small fingers don't look good in fat bands with large stones, women with longer fingers shouldn't wear hair-thin bands with tiny solitaires.)

I admit I wear a decent chunk of change on my left hand (the neighborhood of $5-$8k, depending on where you shop). I love my ring. I tease that the ring was my husband's way of saying "see honey, you are so important to me, I bought this instead of more toys for myself".

As far as wedding costs go, a large ring price does not mean a large wedding bill. Consider it all the same pot of money and talk to her candidly. She may decide that having a nice ring (that will last forever) and a memorable honeymoon is way more important than dropping a fortune on one day (that will be a blur). (If you can present the ring on a vacation in a locale that will marry you immediately, so much the better. You aren't being sneaky, you're being romantic.)

Lara Amber

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