There’s something about the start of a New Year that invites us to look forward and make plans for the coming twelve months. If your relationship with a special someone has been moving toward the next level, and you know a wedding proposal is going to happen at some point in the coming year, we’ve got some information you’ll want to know.

Eliminate Engagement Ring Shopping Overwhelm Early

Engagement ring shopping can seem really confusing, but that’s because you may never have shopped for diamond jewelry before. We’ve put together a list of do’s and don’ts that will cut a lot of confusion out of the process. You can read that here.

Give Yourself Plenty of Time

The more time you have to plan and prepare for your proposal, the more confident you’re going to be. The typical proposal can take as much as 2 months to plan; if you’re going to propose with a custom engagement ring, you’ll want to add another 4-6 weeks to that timeline. That being said, if circumstances are such that you want to get married right away, don’t sweat the ring: Mark Peter’s Diamond Designs has many gorgeous engagement rings in stock!

Keep an Eye on the Engagement Ring Trends

Did you know that most couples talk about what she wants in an engagement ring, and more than half shop for the ring together? If this open communication style is your thing, check out this style guide featuring popular local engagement ring trends: it’s a neat thing to read with your sweetie!

Get Expert Advice to Make Your Proposal Extra Special

A marriage proposal is a once-in-a-lifetime moment. You want it to be memorable…but you also don’t want to overwhelm yourself by trying to make everything too perfect. Finding the right balance is easier when you get advice from romantics who have been there, done that. We’ve collected proposal tips that have helped Plainfield couples become Plainfield newlyweds. Learn more about what worked for them here.