These days, your wedding starts long before you find the perfect dress or pick a cake. Your wedding starts the second you take that engagement ring selfie. You know the one 鈥 nails manicured, diamond sparkling, 鈥渆ngaged鈥 hashtagged. It鈥檚 basically like a pre-invitation and even a pre-save-the-date. Some people spend thousands of dollars to prep their hands for the photo (no, we鈥檙e not kidding), and while we don鈥檛 think it should go quite that far (although we do love a photo-ready mani), we def like to gawk at cute, clever, fun engagement ring Instas to inspire our own. Trust us, these pics are real gems ;)

1. Set the Scene: Did your proposal take place somewhere picturesque? Capture the setting with your photo, and don鈥檛 skimp on details in the caption. (via @memcdaniel13)

2. On the Spot: Nothing can beat the excitement of saying 鈥測es鈥 in a place like your favorite team鈥檚 stadium 鈥 even if it wasn鈥檛 broadcast on a Jumbotron. (via banke20medic)

3. Moody Blue: If your ring is something a little different, like this lovely sapphire, snap a pic of it in a place where the color can really stand out. (via @amysamanthabuck)

4. Kind of Candid: Even if you鈥檙e camera shy, you may still want to share your excitement with the world. A pose like this is perfect to share your ring and your smile without going full-on duck face. (via @charliepourit)

5. Hometown Glory: Location. Location. Location. Even if you don鈥檛 snap a pic at the very moment of the engagement, do it in a place that means a lot to you and your significant other. (via @kfurze)

6. Man of the Hour: While we love a great bling close-up, why not get a pic with the person who gave it to you? (via @brittneecann)

7. Selfie: If you want to announce your engagement to the world, you might as well get a good profile pic out of it. Your face is prettier than the ring anyway. (via @acornett)

8. Talk to the Hand: We love this idea. It鈥檚 funny, romantic and maintains your privacy. Although, if you want to do it in the moment, you may have to carry a Sharpie around until the question is popped. (via @nycoletalina)

9. Simply Stated: Leave it to Lauren Conrad to keep it classy. We鈥檙e not sure if this was planned, but the 鈥淟ove鈥 ring is so perfectly placed. It鈥檚 basically like a love poem is written on her hand. (via @laurenconrad)

10. Killer Caption: This definitely wins in the caption category: 鈥淗e didn鈥檛 go to Jared鈥檚, but whatever. I鈥檒l take it!鈥 Have fun with your words, and don鈥檛 forget to express your excited disbelief. (via alyssakalward)

11. Golden Hour: Everything looks better in the light of the Golden Hour. Snap your ring just before sunset for some romantic natural light 鈥 this app will even tip you off to the golden hours. (via cartergold)

12. Stylin鈥 Profilin鈥: Hopefully, your ring was chosen with your personal style in mind. Even though you can鈥檛 always plan your look for the day of your proposal, capture the best parts of your outfit to complement your new bling. (via @margoandme)

13. Shallow Focus: This is a great way to have more of you in the pic while keeping the focus on the ring. If you鈥檙e taking the pic on your phone, just tap to focus on the ring. (via @bethanymarieco)

14. Instant Replay: If you follow Murad Osmann on Instagram, you know that his pictures are all of him holding his now-fianc茅鈥檚 hand in foreign places. We鈥檙e pretty sure this ideal staging wasn鈥檛 done in the moment of the proposal, but feel free to relive the moment with them and get ready to swoon each and every time. (via @muradosmann)

15. It鈥檚 Go Time: Wedding planning is basically a full time job, and if you鈥檙e like us, your first thoughts after the proposal are: 鈥淥MG, I HAVE TO START PLANNING.鈥 (via @b_maren)

16. Bling Photobomb: No offense to your guy, but if he did a good job picking a ring, you鈥檙e going to want to show it to everyone even at the expense of his adorable face. Our very own Anj Temple knows how to photobomb with the best of them. (via @anjelikatemple)

What鈥檚 your ideal engagement selfie? Let us know in the comments!