Every girl has dreamed of the perfect proposal. One of the main components that make up a perfect proposal is to be presented with the perfect ring. However, recent research has found that modern brides to be think that having the perfect ring is so important that they are prepared to chip in themselves to get it. Some canny women have realised that in order to get their dream custom engagement rings they will stump up some of the cash on their own in order to prevent their partner from buying a ring which they have no desire to have.

Buying a ring can be a tricky process as it is important that couples understand what each other want and feel free to talk about it. Ten per cent of couples admitted to exchanging cross words during the ring buying process. Many couples that niggled about the cost of the rings came to a sensible solution by downsizing the cost of the actual wedding to ensure that the bride had her dream ring.

However, there were some disparities in the poll. Whereas it has been reported that one in twenty of the ladies polled believed that a man should spend more than one month’s salary on diamond wedding rings, a higher 58 percent believed that a month’s salary would be too much money.

The fascinating poll discovered that there was an average figure that men and women thought should be spent on engagement rings. According to the research from the poll, on average women believed that a man should spend £1,360 in order to buy a ring for when they pop the question. However, this is a slightly lower figure than the one produced by the men, who believed that £1,531 was a more suitable outlay. There does seem to be a correlation between the amount that a man earns and the amount that he would be expected to spend on a wedding ring. Two thirds of women believed that a man should spend more if he earns a lot. Sara Taylor founder of the company which carried out the research, said:

“Choosing an engagement ring should be a magical time for couples. Couples shouldn’t focus too much on the cost of an engagement ring but it’s important you choose a style that suits you and your own taste and that will stand the test of time. All being well you will be wearing it for the rest of your life.”

What is clear is that expert advice should be sought when purchasing a ring. It is important to know exactly what you are purchasing. In general, the more money that you can spend will ensure a higher quality of ring. A wedding ring isn’t just for life; it is something which can be passed down the generations as a family heirloom. Your wedding day should be the most special day of your life, so take the time and care needed to ensure you’ll wear your dream ring forever.