It’s December, which means it is officially engagement season! In fact, according to the WeddingWire’s 2019 Newlywed Report, seven of the 10 most popular days to get engaged are in December.

So, if you, like many other Americans, are planning to pop the question this month, here are some answers to frequently asked questions about engagement etiquette.

What’s the difference between an engagement ring and a wedding band?

Traditionally, an engagement ring features a single larger stone, sometimes surrounded by other gems, and is given as part of the proposal. A wedding band is given during the wedding ceremony and is typically a much simpler design.

How much should I spend on an engagement ring?

While you may have heard that you should spend two or three months’ salary on an engagement ring – that’s purely marketing. It’s less about what you should pay, and more about what you can afford and what your partner is comfortable. For reference, Americans spent an average of $5,000 on an engagement ring in 2019, but that can vary greatly depending on the market.

Should I bring my partner ring shopping with me?

That’s up to you! While it’s customary for the partner who is popping the question to pick out the ring solo, an increasing number of couples (20 percent in 2019) are going ring shopping together.

Where is the best place to propose?

Again, the answer to this question depends entirely on the couple. Many proposals (31 percent) take place at home, according to WeddingWire. However, if you’re looking for a more public spot, iconic landmarks are popular choices. According to a study of Instagram posts, the top three most common places to get down on one knee are Central Park, the Eiffel Tower and the Brooklyn Bridge.

What happens if I don’t like the ring?

This is a tough spot. If your partner went ring shopping solo, they knowingly took a risk that it might not be your dream ring. Before you start listing all the things you don’t like (or outright hate) about the ring, take a couple of days to see if it grows on you. If it’s still really not your style, approach the topic carefully with your betrothed.

How should we announce our engagement?

In the digital age, making an announcement online is commonplace. A majority (64 percent) of couples shared the news on social media within a few hours last year. Before you tell the world, though, it is customary to tell your nearest and dearest first. So be sure to FaceTime, call or at least text before making the big news public.

How long should we be engaged before tying the knot?

The answer to this question will depend on your budget, vendor or venue availability and personal preferences. However, on average, couples who tied the knot in 2018 were engaged for 14 months.

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