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To recite the wise words of Beyoncé: If you like it then you "shoulda put a ring on it." But we all know it can't just be any ring — it has to be the ring or, at least one of the rings on your Pinterest board, right? While many brides feel comfortable pinning their favorite ring styles on a mutual board with their partner or going window shopping and picking out their dream sparkler, others find the thrill of a surprise engagement ring a lot more exciting. Although it seems like risky business, some brides trust that their guy will know exactly the kind of ring they want — with the help of a few hints here and there, of course. To help you decide on the great ring debate — to shop together or to not shop together? — we asked brides on Facebook: did you go ring shopping with your partner before the proposal? Read their responses below!
"We went ring "shopping" to get ideas of what I liked. I don't think that ruins it, because obviously we'd been honest with each other and knew we wanted to get married. He then used a diamond from a family ring and had my ring custom made in the setting that I liked the most." —Casey Wagner
"We shopped together for my ring. Being such a big investment, my fiancé wanted to make sure it was perfect, but the actual proposal was a surprise." —Amie Piper
"My fiancé and I went ring shopping after he proposed. It was a compromise, I wanted the proposal to be a total surprise and he wanted to go ring shopping with me so our rings would match. I must say, I wouldn't have had it any other way!" —Jo'Elen Lee Tracy
"Who shops for engagements rings together? It kills the element of surprise." —Lisa Bolden
"I picked mine, and he picked his. I don't think it takes any significance away from the rings, we love them." —Eva Baez-Ruiz
"We shopped around together, and I showed him rings I liked at different stores. That gave him the option to pick out the ring himself while knowing what I liked." —Arin Williams
"My now husband and I went ring shopping together and I would recommend it to couples that are serious." —Arielle Cleary
"Me and my fiancé went shopping together for the ring because we're always together. We knew we were going to eventually get married." —Jessica Bardo
"My husband and I decided to change my ring a little because we couldn't find what we wanted with matching bands, but it was truly up to him." —Brittany Holloway
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