The Hugh Rice Guide To The Perfect Proposal

Finding the perfect ring and planning a proposal can be scary but here are our top tips to getting the answer you want to that ever important question…


If you’re in the market for an engagement ring, congratulations!

We know that finding the perfect ring and planning a proposal is a scary process but having been in the jewellery business for over 40 years, we’d like to think we know a thing or two about planning a romantic proposal!

Here are some of our top tips to getting the answer you want to that ever important question…

Find the perfect place to pop the question

Choose somewhere that’s special to you both and plan something that you know your other half will love. Whether you’re planning an extravagant surprise or a small private proposal it’s definitely worth giving it some thought - it’ll make a big difference.

The ideal time to propose

It’s no surprise that the number of engagements reaches a high in December and February. Christmas, New Year and Valentine’s Day are without a doubt the leading choices for popping the question. If the Winter months aren’t your bag consider birthdays, whist you’re away on holiday or even during a relaxing weekend together.

There is no correct answer to when you should propose but choose a time that you’re comfortable with, give yourself plenty of time to plan ahead, and long enough to buy the ring and get a bottle of fizz on stand by.

Whether you’re going for a traditional proposal or something a little more ‘out there’ keep your partner's interests in mind and we’re sure you’ll get the answer you wish for.

Get the ring size right

When it comes to engagement rings and wedding rings, one thing is for sure: size matters.

The easiest way to get the ring size right is to borrow (unnoticed if you’re planning a surprise proposal) a ring that your partner already comfortably wears.

There are a number of downloadable ring sizers, ring size charts and tools to measure their ring size at home but the most accurate way to measure ring sizes is in store with a professional jeweller on hand.

If all else fails, go for a larger size; it's easier to resize a ring smaller than it is to go bigger.

What should you do if the ring isn’t the right size?

Don’t worry, most rings can be resized. However, if the ring you’ve chosen has diamond settings on the shoulders or band these diamonds can become loose with resizing or may not be able to be resized.

If the worst happens and you select a ring in the incorrect size, our great customer service team can advise you on resizing or alternative ring options.

Have you considered a bespoke ring?

Looking for something a little more unique for your future spouse? Here at Hugh Rice Jewellers we offer a bespoke ring service, pop in store or give us a call to discuss your plans with our team.

As well as the rings we can also fulfil all of your other wedding jewellery needs such as bridesmaid’s gifts, something for the groom and of course that something special for the bride including some of the best pearl and diamond jewellery.

Buying the ring

When shopping for a diamond engagement ring you may hear words like four C’s or cut, clarity, colour and carat. Diamonds come in a range of shapes, sizes and quality but don't get too bogged down with too much information, and don’t worry you can discuss any questions you may have with our customer care team either by popping in store or calling on 0800 3423180.

Shop our engagement rings here

After you’ve proposed

You’re engaged! Congratulations! Celebrate, enjoy it and take time to process and enjoy this amazing step towards your future together.

The final step of your proposal is discussing how you’d like to tell your friends and family.

Some people can’t wait to share the news and what better way to do that than via Facebook. If you’re more of a traditionalist this is something you may want to share with your families to begin with. This is definitely a conversation you should have as a happy newly engaged couple.

However and whenever you propose, share the great news with us over on our social channels, good luck!