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To gift or not to gift?

I'm invited to an engagement party. From preliminary research, it appears it's up to me whether or not to give a present... But I need some help figuring this out. Old friend, just meeting her fiance, casual engagement party, will not be invited to wedding. [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune on Jul 17, 2014 - 14 answers

Articles/research on employee satisfaction, turnover, etc. in retail

I'm creating a proposal as an exercise to increase the retail employees at my place of employment a significant amount in two years. This would bring them in line with higher paying retailers such as CostCo and Container Store. Please link me articles, employee surveys or research studies that support higher wages/benefits for retail employees related to employee satisfaction, decreased turnover, increased engagement and other similar metrics.
posted by OnTheLastCastle on Jul 15, 2014 - 2 answers

Non-Tiffany's engagement ring shopping in SF?

The BF and I are going "engagement ring window shopping" tomorrow! I'm excited!! I haven't lived in San Francisco very long, so I have no idea where to go relative to my taste as I've only ever looked at rings online. [more inside]
posted by vivzan on May 22, 2014 - 9 answers

Engagement ring etiquette.

I know next to nothing about weddings, so I'm looking for advice to successfully support one of my best friends who is having a disagreement with her soon-to-be fiance about who gets to pick the ring out. [more inside]
posted by tenaciousmoon on May 11, 2014 - 54 answers

Such a tough space. Please give me some hope.

Please help me to stop comparing my relationship to others. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 8, 2014 - 32 answers

facebook and twitter and vimeoh-my!

Where should my business go next on social media? [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Apr 10, 2014 - 2 answers

Cheapo Engagement Ring

I'm considering a really cheap engagement ring - under $100, with non-precious stones, nickel-plated silver, and cubic zirconia. I'm the recipient. Is this a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Feb 21, 2014 - 56 answers

One Ring to Rule blahblahblah

I am planning to propose to my girlfriend at some point, but I need help buying a ring. I’ve never done this before, obviously. I know she would like something with a diamond, something vintage (or vintage-style). Questions below: [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 22, 2014 - 20 answers

Unique Ruby Engagement Rings?

I need help finding a ruby ring in a non-traditional but still engagement-ish setting. Ideally, the metal needs to be white-gold, unless you guys can recommend something sturdier/hypoallergenic that also has that silver-y color. This previous AskMe has been a great resource, only replace "sapphire" with "ruby." Even the budget is about right (but we can stretch it a bit higher if need be). I'm totally fine with lab-created stones, but not okay with diamonds, because of ethical reasons. Help me out, please?
posted by PearlRose on Jan 19, 2014 - 14 answers

Step by step guide to get our future married house in order?

We're getting hitched! Yay! I freak out about money, and I freak out that my fiancé doesn't freak out about money as much as I freak out. Is there a good step-by-step guide you'd recommend that we can go through together to make sure we're covering all of our bases for saving for retirement, saving for other stuff, and paying down debt?
posted by ashtabula to opelika on Jan 16, 2014 - 12 answers

Engagement rings

I'm trying to develop my taste in engagement rings, but nothing feels right. Help me figure out what I want. [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Nov 15, 2013 - 27 answers

Should we share our engagement in our holiday cards?

There is a significant chance that by this time next month, my boyfriend and I will be announcing our engagement to our families. We send out a holiday card every year, timed to arrive around New Year's. The cover of the card is usually a goofy photo of us (things like American Gothic, or us in a high stakes Big Wheels race). If indeed we decide to go public with our engagement, we've talked about this year's goofy photo somehow indicating that we're planning to get hitched. I think it would be fun! But I'm worried--even if we do announce our engagement, we won't have any plans yet for an actual wedding, and we certainly won't be able to invite everyone on our holiday card list to a wedding when one happens. Would the recipients of our holiday cards be likely to think that they're invited to a wedding, by virtue of having received this card?
posted by anonymous on Nov 4, 2013 - 21 answers

Just got engaged. Problem, I still think about the one that got away.

I just got engaged to an amazing guy. He's funny, smart, interesting, stable, settled in his career, and is going places...basically, a "10" by any and every objective measure. The problem is that ever since we've gotten engaged, I keep thinking of the first and only guy I've ever felt was "the one" I was destined to be with, and the problem has only exacerbated since my fiancé wants to drop his life for a year in California to be closer to me as I finish up college. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by lotusmish on Oct 5, 2013 - 102 answers

Engagement ring bought online-- need local jeweler for maintenance

My engagement ring is from Blue Nile (online Canadian retailer). My partner saved a lot of money and I absolutely love it. Apparently, I'm supposed to get it "serviced" every 6 months; however, I do not want to send it back to Blue Nile for this. Who do I go to locally to get this done-- cleaning + checking that nothing is loose/has been damaged? Do local jewelers provide this service for rings that haven't been purchased from them? [more inside]
posted by spicytunaroll on Sep 25, 2013 - 11 answers

How to handle loved one going on tour?

My fiancé is going on tour in support of a major pop act. This means consecutive three-month absences for the next year (maybe two) as she performs. This is her calling and her art and I support it 100%. Still, I dread her long absence and I am going to miss her as fiercely as I love her. I'm looking for ways to maintain our strength, equality, and communication, and to stave off problems that must arise. Particularly advice, anecdotes, and specific things that helped your (similar) relationship - or hurt it.
posted by fake on Sep 7, 2013 - 16 answers

Will photographers do green screen photos with fictional backgrounds?

My fiancée and I want to have our engagement photos done. Rather than pose in front of scenic backdrops, we'd like to have photos taken in front of a green screen, then have vistas from video games that are special to us inserted behind us. For instance, in the finished product, we're in front of the castle from Super Mario 64 or a Paris nightclub from Sly Cooper. Is this something that professional photographers can/will do? I know there's green screen photo places, but will they add the game backgrounds that we provide? Are there licensing/copyright issues in play that will get in the way of this?
posted by Servo5678 on Aug 21, 2013 - 7 answers

How do I tell my mom I'm getting married?

I got engaged about a week and a half ago. This is terrific, except now I have to tell my mom about it and she is almost certainly NOT going to be kind. I want her to hear from me, but I need to do it in a way that minimizes her ability to be emotionally abusive. Help? [more inside]
posted by vakker on Aug 1, 2013 - 31 answers

Engagement ring: Grey Poupon taste, French's budget (not quite)

We're looking for an engagement ring, and I've fallen in love with an antique ring 1, 2. But it's out of our price range by a factor of seven. Please suggest alternatives, so that we can get something that looks similar, but is around 5,000 USD. [more inside]
posted by eulily on Jul 4, 2013 - 21 answers

Engagement Gifts for sarcastic, (Very) Irish-(Culturally) Catholic Famil

My brother Just got engaged. I'm trying to come up with a good present for him (and more importantly) his wife-to-be. [more inside]
posted by graphnerd on Jun 14, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me keep a kid engaged.

Help me design a Star Wars themed activity for a preteen kid. [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on May 15, 2013 - 8 answers

Engagement ring substitute ideas?

I got engaged - yay! He didn't get me an engagement ring, which is fine with me because it was a mutual "how about it?" discussion... [more inside]
posted by scuza on May 8, 2013 - 36 answers

Ideas to energize & excite employees of a large traditional organization

Hoping you can share some ideas or things you have observed companies do to energize and excite their organizations. Please note that ideas that work for young organizations like google may not work for me since I am trying to do this in a very traditional, large and old (over 100 years in business) organization. One idea that comes to mind is hiring relatively younger employees for senior management positions. Perhaps having more team outings might help as well. I would welcome any suggestions. Thanks in advance!
posted by r2d2 on Apr 13, 2013 - 26 answers

Is this real life?

About 6 or 7 months ago, I started my first post-academic job in a corporate environment. (I had been an adjunct.) I've now reached the point where the honeymoon's over, and I'm deeply concerned that I'm unlikely to find any satisfaction in work. Am I expecting too much of my working life, or is there something more? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 2, 2013 - 30 answers

How to Deal with Maybe-Possible-Impending Marriage Proposal

My boyfriend and I have been together for a little under 3 years, and we have lived together for over one year. We are in our late twenties. We are extremely compatible 90% of the time, have so much fun together, are mutually supportive, generally very communicative, and love each other deeply. We get along with each others' families, we travel and live well together, and we share so many interests. I am ready to marry the man, and he is maybe/kinda/sorta ready to marry me. Ouch! [more inside]
posted by tentwentythirty on Feb 22, 2013 - 57 answers

Who gets paid what in a seminar, workshop or speaking engagement?

I'm starting to get a few requests for speaking engagements and seminars, and I'm not quite sure what to expect on the business side of things. At the moment, these are private individuals who have a little experience with event planning, and know that I could draw a decent audience to a workshop. I'm a little unsure about how profits should be split between me and the organizer. I don't have a problem with the organizer making some money, but I'm the one providing the content, and I want to be fairly compensated. How does this generally work? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Feb 21, 2013 - 8 answers

Shopping for used and/or new engagement ring in Paris

Looking to propose to my girlfriend imminently(!!!) Part of the proposal is an adventure overseas in order to find the perfect engagement ring (and have a good time). I'm looking for tips on which shops to visit. I'm hoping we'll find a nice antique ring that suits her perfectly, but am open to new rings as well. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 6, 2013 - 5 answers

Wife has a poor prognosis cancer – How do I stay engaged?

Wife has a poor prognosis cancer – How do I stay engaged? [more inside]
posted by elmonobonobo on Jan 31, 2013 - 20 answers

Real diamond or fake diamond?

I am about to be engaged. We have briefly discussed the ‘engagement ring’. I do not want to come across as shallow, but I would LOVE to have an engagement ring. He doesn’t make a lot of money, so we are considering a fake diamond. Does anyone have any experience as to the best simulant out there? [more inside]
posted by Amalie-Suzette on Jan 20, 2013 - 48 answers

Isn't this supposed to be fun?

Help me enjoy my wedding. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 19, 2012 - 55 answers

How young is too young to get engaged?

What are some good SECULAR reads (books or websites are both great) on getting engaged, marriage, etc.? Particularly for those who are not engaged but would like to get engaged in the (maybe not-so-distant) future. Also, some relationship-specific questions inside. Primarily, when's a good time to get engaged? [more inside]
posted by BenS on Dec 18, 2012 - 30 answers

How can two people propose to each other?

My partner and I, two girls, have this slight thing bothering us when we talk about our future engagement. We both want to be proposed to. Is there a way we can make this happen?
posted by trogdole on Dec 17, 2012 - 34 answers

How to avoid the dreaded leap to the conclusion she's being proposed to?

How can I present my intended with a Christmas gift that is in no way an engagement ring? Degree of difficulty: its packaging absolutely screams, "this is an engagement ring!" [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 13, 2012 - 67 answers

I hope this is the worst I ever feel.

I broke off my our engagement last night and I literally feel like my world is ending. Please give me some guidance if you can. [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso on Dec 4, 2012 - 26 answers

No arm-shelf allowed

Help me not have super boring/cheesy enagement photos! [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Nov 13, 2012 - 20 answers

Can I use this as an engagement ring?

Is it acceptable to use an old wedding ring (family heirloom, modifications needed) as an engagement ring, and for the actual wedding, pay for the modifications to be done? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 12, 2012 - 22 answers

Engagement ring or bridal set?

Do I give her the whole bridal set or just the engagement ring? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 17, 2012 - 12 answers

With this BBQ I thee wed...

My partner is planning to propose in a matter of a few months. I want have something that I can surprise HIM with when he proposes to me! Is it acceptable for a woman to give a reciprocal proposal gift to the man? And if it is acceptable, would a barbecue be a little too bizarre? [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Oct 9, 2012 - 53 answers

Sapphires are a girl's best friend

Diamond vs. gemstone engagement rings. What are we not considering? [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Sep 25, 2012 - 77 answers

Just 14 more out-and-backs! (Sigh.)

What do you think about when you're swimming laps? [more inside]
posted by psoas on Jun 19, 2012 - 30 answers

Engagement ring styles for large fingers that may shrink?

What style(s) engagement ring should I get if I intend to size it down (potentially significantly) in the future? Any tips on where to buy larger than standard size rings? Bonus points if they sell non-conflict diamonds or similarly pretty stones at reasonable prices. [more inside]
posted by ilikemethisway on Jun 3, 2012 - 13 answers

I don't want to be a psycho bride to be

[Psycho Filter] - I love him. He loves me. We intend to get married next year. YAY! But it feels like a really long time away. Help me to be patient and enjoy the anticipation and build up, because right now I am suffocating in a world of "OMG CAN WE PLZ GET MARRIED YESTERDAY!" eagerness. [more inside]
posted by gwenlister on May 16, 2012 - 28 answers

Ring? Check. Girlfriend? Check. Now what do I do?

Me and my girlfriend are going to get engaged in a couple of weeks and both decided that we would rather avoid a formal proposal. Instead, we will spend a day together at the beach and magically emerge engaged. Given the fact that the surprise quirky engagement is off the table, any ideas for how I can make this an even-less forgettable day? Bonus question: What are the technical things that you regret missing from when you got engaged? More pictures? Who to tell first? What am I missing?
posted by anonymous on May 6, 2012 - 18 answers

Custom Engagement Ring and Necklace

Please recommend a Los Angeles jeweler to design my engagement ring! General questions about custom jewelry as well. [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Apr 21, 2012 - 9 answers

I WILL say YES!

Surprise marriage proposal filter, askee edition: how did you handle it and what did you notice your spouse doing a lot of before he/she proposed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2012 - 20 answers

Liked it, put a ring on it, getting grief about it.

Previously a marriage skeptic, now engaged- my BFF is not taking it well and I have no idea how to talk to her about it. [more inside]
posted by shes_ajar on Apr 18, 2012 - 76 answers

Who is being unreasonable here?

Gold engagement ring has broken a little over 2 years after we had it resized. Is the jeweler to blame, or do these things just happen? [more inside]
posted by sportbucket on Apr 12, 2012 - 5 answers

Another "should I get married?" question.

Why can't I control my stupid feelings? Love one guy, distracted by another, engaged to be married. Advice/personal experience? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 6, 2012 - 33 answers

Is this one of those times when I should stop critiquing?

The ring is holding me back from getting engaged. Please help me find a way to be creative within the bounds of social expectation, or else help me get over my hangups. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 3, 2012 - 82 answers

Am I right to feel slighted?

My ex-boyfriend informed me recently that he got engaged. He and I were together for almost four years (the last of which was spent long-distance), and broke up early in the fall. We both agreed that we would do our best to maintain a friendship, as we had been good friends before we entered into a relationship. Aside from the fact that this announcement of engagement comes less than six months after our relationship ended, I am most upset that he emailed this information to me. My question is this: do I have any right to be upset by his choice of communication in this matter? [more inside]
posted by singinginmychains on Feb 24, 2012 - 52 answers

How do I pretend to be excited about an engagement I'm not excited about?

Sister in law just got engaged. I'm not super excited. How do I fake it 'till I make it? [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Feb 18, 2012 - 43 answers

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