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Valentine’s Day can be overrated and commercial, but lots of couples still think of February 14th as the most romantic day of the year. In fact, a recent survey shows that as many as six million people are planning to pop the question to their love this Valentine’s Day.

If you are planning a little more than flowers and chocolate and think that Valentine’s Day is the right time to propose a lifelong commitment, then you need to start thinking of just how you are going to pull it off.

A Ring Before or After? That is the Question…

Traditionally, a ring was purchased before the proposal and presented at the time of the proposal; however, modern couples are flipping that around and many couples are picking out their ring after they’ve gotten engaged. The nice thing about this option is that it allows the lady to choose exactly the ring she wants. Sizes are perfect, and there is no need for those awkward conversations about having the perfect diamond reset into the perfect band.

If you think this will take away from the fun of surprising your friends and family, think again. The easy solution is to keep your engagement a secret just long enough to get the perfect ring picked and take a few adorable announcement photos.

The Big Announcement

Many couples are finding the announcement almost as exciting as the proposal itself. There are tons of fun and creative ways to share your happy news with the world. Thanks to social media, one cute photo post takes care of it all. Take some time to come up with a really sweet photo idea that includes you, your significant other, children (if you have them), or even your pets. Sites like Pinterest have thousands of fun engagement announcement photo ideas.

If you are a traditional person and still want to mail out some lovely engagement announcements, make sure to include your ring as the star of the photo. The ringed finger draped over a flower bouquet or daintily holding a champagne glass shows off your sparkling new accessory while letting the world know: a wedding is on the horizon.

Stop by Snow’s Jewelers to pick out the perfect ring to begin your wedding journey.