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Why Dolores Catania Has Mixed Feelings About Paul Connell Buying an Engagement Ring

Frank also revealed his plans to get remarried and how Dolores would be involved in the big day.

By Shannon Raphael

Could wedding bells soon be ringing for Dolores Catania and Paul "Paulie" Connell?

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On Episode 14 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, which aired May 9, he hinted that he may be very prepared to take the next step in his relationship with the Paterson native.

The couple got together with Dolores' ex-husband, Frank Catania, his girlfriend, Brittany Mattessich, and kids Frankie and Gabby to celebrate Frankie's new job over dinner. And during the meal, Paulie dropped a bombshell about his plans for the future. 

"Did she tell you what kind of a ring she wants?" Frank asked.

"I already have it," Paulie responded (much to Frank's surprise), noting that the two talk about marriage "all the time." Then, in an interview on the episode, Dolores said that she isn't sure if Paulie actually bought her a sparkler, or if he was kidding. She also revealed why she's not fully ready yet to take that next step. 

"It's nice to think about these things but, like my dad said when Frank bought a house before we got married and put it in my name, 'Don't put the cart before the horse,'" Dolores explained.

Paulie isn't the only man in Dolores' life who seems to have marriage on the brain. Frank is also thinking about the prospect of marrying Brittany, and how his family members can be involved in the big day.

"Other than marrying Brittany, which will be absolutely beautiful, the best thing is to have my son standing next to me as my best man," Frank said. "And to have my daughter in the wedding as well."

Though Frank had concerns that his dynamic with Dolores was changing too much thanks to her relationship with Paulie, it's clear that the foursome is back on track. After all, Brittany even had a request for her boyfriend's ex-wife.

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"Dolores, will you be my bridesmaid?" Brittany said about her hypothetical future wedding to Frank. Dolores responded with an enthusiastic, "Yes, of course!"

As Frank himself poignantly pointed out, the "family is getting bigger" — and that could involve not one, but two weddings in the near future.

Dolores has conflicting emotions about the prospect of getting engaged, but how do her fellow RHONJ castmates feel about Paulie's candid ring confession? Watch the video at the top of this post to find out.

More on Dolores and Paulie's Engagement Plans

Check out more from Dolores and her thoughts, as well as her ex Frank's reaction, on the ring in the show clip, below:

Frank Catania Is Beyond Surprised to Learn Paulie Connely Has an Engagement Ring
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