December marks the most wonderful time of the year! Sure, the holidays are exciting, but nothing gets us geared up at BRIDES quite like the kick off of engagement season. And with that comes some anxiety, wonderings, and oh so many questions. Will he propose? Will I like the ring? What if I don't like the ring? What if he doesn't propose? Don't worry, we called in the expert to answer all your questions, Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger.
Stanger recently sat down with BRIDES editor-in-chief Keija Minor at the Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel, to spill her all of her rules to get you through engagement season. From how long wedding planning should take to what to do if he's not showing sings of proposing any time soon, she covers it all!
With 8 seasons of Millionaire Matchmaker under her belt, the third-generation matchmaker, and Become Your Own Matchmaker: 8 Easy Steps for Attracting Your Perfect Mate author, knows a thing or two about relationship rules. So, who better to answer all of our burning engagement questions?
According to Stanger, it's ok to drop hints on the type of ring you want. "That's going to be on your finger for life," Stanger says. But she also thinks "a promise ring goes a long way." Unless you are past 25, then there are no excuses for a delay.
If you're just dying to know whether or not your honey is about to get down on one knee, Stanger says to look for a few simple signs: "He's whispering with his family. He's happy, he's flying." She says he's also asking to go back to that jewelry store for another look at some ring options.
So what happens after he pops the question? Stanger agrees you should put serious time into your wedding planning. "You shouldn't phone it in. This is something you want to plan." But, she's a little skeptical about the too-long engagement. "If you go past a year, now you're like, are you ever really getting married?"
Ok Patti, now a big post-engagement question. What do you do if you absolutely love the guy, but hate the ring? Can you ask for a replacement? "You can do it. Just be very delicate in talking about it."
Watch the video above for more perils of wisdom from the Millionaire Matchmaker herself.