People Keep Asking How Much My Engagement Ring Costs! How Do I Respond?

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Believe it or not, even strangers are just as excited about your engagement ring as you are. Enthusiasm can lead to personal questions, which many brides-to-be struggle to answer politely. There are ways to respond to a well-meaning busybody, and our wedding experts are here to answer your engagement etiquette questions in our daily post.

What do I say when people ask me how much my engagement ring cost?

Um, who are these people? In no universe is it ever OK for anyone to ask a woman how much her engagement ring cost. Let us be clear: The only thing someone should say when you flash your rock is "It's so beautiful! How did he propose?" Cut. Scene. End of story.

Rant over. On to your question: Though you may be tempted to come back with a big fat "None of your business," rise above and dodge the question instead. Say something like "Oh, my fiancé would never tell. And I would never ask. Takes the romance out of it, don't you think?" That ought to give her the message.

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