Our experts share can't miss tips for brides and weigh in on tricky, frequently asked engagement questions like "What do I do if I hate my ring?" and more.

My boyfriend has hinted that he's proposing soon. How do I tell him the type of engagement ring I want without being overbearing? He doesn't know much about jewelry, and I really want a specific type of ring.

You could try the old trick of opening a copy of Brides to your dream ring and leaving it on the coffee table. Or post a photo of your favorite ring as a screensaver on your computer or phone. Or start commenting on other women's rocks. ("Did you see Donna's ring? It's princess cut, which I think is really pretty, but I'm not a big fan of the gold.") But, let's face it, not every guy will get the hint. Your best bet is to talk to your BFFs, sister(s), and/or mom about the kind of ring you want and have them give your guy the scoop—or even volunteer to go shopping with him.

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