A loved-up husband-to-be has taken to Reddit to discuss the rather controversial reaction his mother-in-law had to his choice of engagement ring and, it's needless to say, people are outraged.

Here's the full story...

Finding love is something most of us hope for...

But the searching can make it seem like it's basically an impossibility. It can be a jungle out there, folks!

Dating is no joke...

In fact, romantic life can often just feel like a string of missed opportunities as you search and search for "the one."

Looking for love can be exhausting...

But once you find it, for many of us, it really does make every part of life seem a little bit brighter.

Being in a happy relationship is many people's aim.

Finding the person who's a perfect fit, and that you can stay committed to for a long time, can make it feel like your life is moving in the right direction.

And some couples wish to take their commitment a step further.

Becoming engaged to be married is one way that many choose to express the seriousness of their love for one another.

Many of us have marriage in our life plan.

And for many women in particular, the marriage fantasy starts right at the beginning - with the proposal of their dreams.

Which can put a lot of pressure on the situation.

If the proposal is supposed to set the trend for how the wedding (and even the marriage) will go, many want it to be absolutely perfect.

Proposals have become a pretty big deal over the years...

In fact, getting engaged has become a pretty public event in most people's lives.

There's one area in particular that this manifests.

In the physical symbol of the commitment itself - the engagement ring. For many, the ring is the most important aspect of an engagement.

And there's usually an even more specific concern...

Engagement rings typically have at least one large jewel - traditionally a diamond. For many, it's the size of this gem that makes all the difference.

And obviously, the jewel represents something else.

Diamonds cost a pretty penny - so a ring with a really big one is a not-so-subtle way to brag about wealth.

A huge ring is a spectacle...

And when someone feels so excited about their relationship, it can seem like a huge engagement ring is the only adequate way to express it.

But what if you choose to go down a different path?

What if you're more in the mindset that material representations of your love don't actually mean anything at all...?

Well, one man recently shared his experience with this on Reddit...

And it's left the internet feeling angry.

People were quick to share their opinions...

It's safe to say, they didn't hold back.

A man shared his shocking story on Reddit this week.

"My partner and I have been talking about getting engaged for the last year or so. I have quite a good job so could easily afford an expensive engagement ring and if I was following the 10% rule then I should spend around 10-15k on the ring," he said.

"However, my parents, sister, and nephew have all had covid this year so I was financially supporting all of them for a while, my sister has lost her job so I'm still supporting her a bit."

"So long story short I spent about 3k on a nice little white gold ring with diamonds and a sapphire (her birthstone)."

"Initially, she was very happy with it until her mother (a jeweler) called it cheap. She has since given it back to me and accused me of undervaluing her and what she does for me."

"I feel like s*** tbh, she's refusing to talk to my, her parents are accusing me of using her and treating her like cheap trash. I've tried to explain my point of view but they won't listen and are demanding at least 10% ring."

"I did discuss ring styles with my partner before buying the ring."

"She wanted a sapphire surrounded by diamonds like Princess Diana's ring. I also noticed that she preferred pear-cut stones so I had a sapphire custom cut into a pear shape and placed into a diamond halo on a white gold band."

What do you make of this story?

Should the husband spend more? Or is it the thought that counts? And for some more engagement controversy, scroll on...