The day has finally come: You’re ready to pop the question to the person you love and get engaged.

You may have been dreaming of this time in your life for a while, but those dreams probably didn’t include the practical issues of getting engaged. One of the biggest road bumps you might encounter is how to find your significant other’s ring size.

So how can you make sure your proposal goes off without a hitch? Luckily, you have options.

Read on to find out more about finding your loved one’s ring size.

Take Them Ring Shopping

Chances are that if you’re buying a ring, you and your loved one have already discussed marriage at length.

If that’s the case, there’s no shame in just taking them straight to the jeweler! You can even come up with an excuse like going to shop for sterling silver to get them in the door, and then bring up rings while you’re in there.

A lot of people believe that proposals should be a surprise. But many people forget that not every detail has to be shocking!

If you take your SO to the jeweler and look at several ring styles that you both like, you can choose the specific ring later and keep your special someone surprised at the proposal.

Get Engaged First, Measure Later

If you know that your SO wants a bigger surprise, you can always go to the jeweler without their finger measurements and choose a ring anyways.

Most ring sizes are very similar, so consider just purchasing a ring and getting it adjusted a few days after the proposal. That way, you both get the romantic, magical proposal without all of the stress of ring size.

Measure Their Finger (Stealthily!)

Another trick that many people use to find ring sizes is to do so while their loved one is asleep. It sounds weird, but let me explain.

If your SO is a heavy sleeper, you can take a piece of string or twine and wrap it around their finger while they sleep. Make a mark where the two ends of the twine meet.

Then, lay the string flat against a measuring tape and measure the length from the end to the mark you made. The resulting measurement is the circumference of your SO’s finger, which you can take to the jeweler for reference.

When in Doubt, Size Up

Still not sure about your partner’s ring size? Go ahead and make a trip to the jeweler anyways.

Like I mentioned earlier, you can always have the ring adjusted after you propose. If that’s the route you choose to go, it’s generally a good idea to get a ring that’s larger than you think you’ll need.

If you choose a ring size too small, there’s a chance that it won’t fit on your SO’s finger after the proposal. At least a ring that’s too large will slide on their finger, even if it’s a little too loose for comfort! Plus, it’s easier for a jeweler to adjust a ring that’s too large than one that’s too small.

Does Size Really Matter?

When it comes to engagements, no!

What really matters is that you and your partner love each other. At the end of the day, you’ll both be thrilled to get engaged, even if the ring takes some adjusting later on.

To learn more about rings and jewelry sizing, check out our other blog posts.