Steve Robbins, Chief Engagement Officer


Courtesy of Robbins Brothers

As Chief Engagement Officer at Robbins Brothers, Steve Robbins knows all about planning the perfect engagement. Here, he shares his top tips on proposals, choosing a ring and how to pop the question. —Kathryn Papanek

How should a groom decide if it's better to pick out an engagement ring with his girlfriend or surprise her with a ring?

It really depends on your partner's personality and preference. Some women prefer a complete surprise which allows their mate to choose the ring on his own, and others wish to partake in the ring-selection process. The goal here is to surprise your partner with the one perfect ring she'll love and cherish for years to come.

What factors should you keep in mind when deciding where to propose?

Think closely about the memories that are significant to your relationship like where you met, your favorite place or where you shared your first date, kiss or "I love you." Incorporate details...

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