Dear Mouthy Housewives,
My boyfriend just proposed! I’m so excited. I love him dearly and of course said “yes.” But I HATE the ring. Just hate it. He obviously missed all my hints about the perfect ring because this one is totally not my style. He will be heartbroken if I tell him, but I don’t want to wear this thing for the next 50 years. What do I do?
Congratulations on your engagement! And on your optimism that your marriage will last fifty years. And that even if it does, you won’t have to hock the ring at some point to make ends meet in this economy. Ah, young love.
For future reference, by which I mean for the next time that you get engaged, the best way to hint is to find the ring you like online, and email the link to the guy with the words “Me likey” in the body of the message. Repeat as needed.
But for now, you have a guy you love and a ring that you don’t. Which is so much better than the other way around.
To remedy this, you can take one of two routes. First, tell him gently and lovingly that although the ring is beautiful, it doesn’t quite fit you. You know, a good ol’ “it’s not your ring, it’s me.” It’s too heavy, it’s too light, it’s not diamondy enough, it’s too cubic zirconiayi. You can do it. Marisa Tomei got an Oscar for less.
If you prefer the honest route, take a deep breath and tell him. Tell him that you love him (right?) and are excited about your life together, but you want a different ring. Say it like you’re ripping off a band-aid and don’t look back. His feelings may be hurt (although unless he mined that diamond himself, I don’t foresee a lot of sleepless nights for him over this issue), but it will be over and will not remain a lingering issue between you.
May this be the biggest problem that the two of you face in the next fifty years!