Here’s the New Going Rate for a One-Carat Diamond Engagement Ring

iStockphoto.com/Derek Latta

iStockphoto.com/Derek Latta

You’ve probably heard the age-old adage that guys should expect to spend three months’ salary on an engagement ring. It’s not a concrete rule—more of a point of reference for those who are unsure what an appropriate price range is—and we often find that what to spend on an engagement ring (obviously an extremely personal decision) comes down to more many factors than simply salary versus cost. 

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VIDEO: Ambushed Officer Jesse Hartnett Proposed to His Girlfriend at Yesterday’s Phillies Home Opener

It was quite an exciting afternoon at the Phillies home opener yesterday—and it had nothing to do with the Phils playing in their home opener. After throwing out the ceremonial first pitch, Philadelphia police officer Jesse Hartnett, who you may recall was seriously injured in an ambush shooting a few months back, proposed to his girlfriend!

The crowd (and the Phanatic!) cheered on as Hartnett’s girlfriend joined him on the field, at which point the officer whipped a ring out of his sling and got down on one knee, right there at center field.

Watch it all unfold here:

Congrats to the happy couple!

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WATCH: Adele Invites a Couple Up on Stage After They Get Engaged at Her Concert

Wow, Adele must really have a thing for proposals: This is now the second video we’ve seen where a couple gets engaged at her concert and then is brought up on stage to celebrate in front of the crowd. (Side note: We didn’t post about the first instance because the guy being proposed to said “maybe” and it was rather awkward.)

On Tuesday night, during a show in London, the singer paused during her performance of “Make You Feel My Love” to see what all the commotion in the audience was about. As it turns out, a couple had just gotten engaged and she quickly ushered them up to the stage for congratulatory hugs and a brief interview—they’ve been together for 12 years (“So you’ve been going out longer than I’ve been making music,” the singer says) and “Make You Feel My Love” is “their song.” Awwwww.

Behold:

So the moral of the story here is: Getting engaged at an Adele concert is a great way to meet the singer and get up on stage.

We can’t wait to see if any Philly couples get engaged during her shows here in September!

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Bachelor Ben is Engaged! Here’s an Up-Close Look at the Ring He Proposed With

Oh my goodness, friends! How do I begin to express the range of emotions that were running through my mind during last night’s finale of The Bachelor? From the major ughhhhhhh I let out when the camera panned to the Neil Lane ring Ben chose to propose with (sorry, it’s not my favorite) to his so-sweet, tear-inducing phone call to Lauren’s father, it was an intense two hours, to say the least.

But alas, the Bachelor did find lovetwo times over!—and as heartbroken as I felt for JoJo (thankfully she’s the new Bachelorette!), Ben and Lauren are a lovely match. But let’s get back to that ring: Ben proposed with an Art Deco-ish emerald-cut diamond ring, which he picked out during what was arguably the shortest Neil Lane scene in the history of the franchise. Behold:

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Ciara & Russell Wilson Are Engaged! Here’s Her Stunning Ring and Video From the Proposal

Rumors of their impending engagement have been swirling for months and now they’ve made it official: Ciara and Russell Wilson are getting married! The singer and football star announced the big news on social media on Friday, sharing photos and video of their romantic Seychelles vacation—Wilson surprised Ciara with a trip to the exclusive North Island resort where he proposed on the beach at sunset.


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Celebrity Engagement News: Jillian Michaels & Maria Menounos

It’s been an celebratory week over at E! headquarters: Both Jillian Michaels and Maria Menounos recently got engaged! The personal trainer and Just Jillian star popped the question to longtime love Heidi Rhoades on the show’s season finale on Tuesday, and Menounos’ boyfriend of 19 (!!!) years got down on one knee while she was promoting her new book on air with Howard Stern on Wednesday.

And much to our excitement, there’s footage of both proposals for our viewing/listening pleasure. First, let’s take a look at the adorable photo montage that accompanied Michaels’ proposal:


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Eagles Tight-End Zach Ertz is Engaged to U.S. Women’s Soccer Star Julie Johnston

And the award for most romantic Philadelphia Eagles player goes to: Zach Ertz.

The tight-end first showed his sweet side in this aww-worthy blog post about then-girlfriend Julie Johnston, who, at the time, was competing in the World Cup as a defender on the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team. You’ll want to read it for yourself, but in it, he details how they met, why they’re such a great fit for one another and raves about Johnston’s strengths both on and off the field. Needless to say, it’s really adorable.

And now, the good part: To top off their perfect love story, Ertz took Johnston back to the exact place where their paths first crossed (Stanford’s baseball field) and got down on one knee in the stands of the empty stadium this past Friday night:

Congrats to the soon-to-be Mr. & Mrs. Ertz!

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Original Proposal Alert: Take a Look at This Flipbook in Reverse!

You know flipbooks, right? Cute lil books with pictures on each page that change gradually and appear animated when you, er, flip through them quickly. Well today we heard about a guy who used one to propose—which is pretty cute and clever on its own—and he did it Benjamin Button-style.

Nick, the groom, had the idea to do the flipbook in reverse: That it would start with he and his soon-to-be bride as a darling old couple, and end with the proposal. The flipbook designer he worked with—Ben Zurawski, aka The Flippist—nailed it:

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This is How Long PA Couples Usually Date Before Getting Engaged

Screenshot from Weddington Way

Screengrab from Weddington Way

If you’re among the fraction of our readers who has yet to get engaged but is eagerly awaiting a ring (yes, we know you’re out there), this new study may give you some insight into whether or not a proposal in on the horizon. Weddington Way, the keeper of all wedding-related stats, did a little digging into the engagement trends of couples around the country, and the data says a lot about when guys are most likely to pop the question.

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This Local Web Developer Proposed to Her Boyfriend with the Sweetest Speech Ever (Video)

We may not know a ton about the tech scene here in Philly, but we do know a good proposal when we see one—and this, dear friends, is a goodie. Very rarely do we see a lady propose to her boyfriend, but that’s exactly what local web developer Savanna Carr did when she popped the question to video game developer Will Stallwood last week. (They were at Fishtown’s El Bar celebrating Philadelphia Weekly‘s Hipster Hunks and Hipster Honeys feature, which they were both included in.) And it’s awesome.

To say her pre-proposal speech was emotional and heartfelt and adorable is an understatement—it may bring you to tears, that’s how sweet it is. Behold:

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