Whether you’re high school sweethearts, met through a mutual friend, or both of you met some other way and you found love. It doesn’t matter, what matters is that you know it’s time to make it stick forever and you feel she is the right one.
But as you already know, figuring out how to propose is essential.
Here are 7 things you shouldn’t forget to do before you get down on one knee, when you’re putting your romantic plan into action.
What to Do Before You Propose
1. Make Sure You’re on the Same Page
This might seem obvious, but before you start plotting, it’s important to make sure you both have marriage in mind. Talk to your partner about the future. Let her know that soon you’d like to be married, and ask if she sees marriage in view too, especially with you.
This will prevent heartbreak and you getting the ‘NO’ response.
2. Ensure You Have The Support of Her Family, Especially Her Parents
Old school? Yes. But Important. You need the consent, support and love from her family. If you aren’t getting that, start working on it, so that she saying ‘Yes’ to you would be easy. Without her parent’s love and support for you, it can hinder her positive response to your proposal.
3. Buy the Ring
The engagement ring is a piece of jewelry your partner will be wearing every day for the rest of their life, so get a sense of what they’ll really love. You can ask a close friend or family member to help you with it.
Also investigate their ring size.
If it’s not a secret, just ask. If you’re going the surprise route, check your partner’s jewelry. Find a ring that he or she wears regularly (and make a note of which finger it goes on), then either bring it with you to a jeweler or mark how far it fits.
Many jewelers can also make a good guess at a ring size based on your partner’s height and weight. And there’s always resizing.
4. Find the Right Moment
Life happens, so be prepared to go with the flow. Don’t rush the proposal just because the sun is about to set or dinner is nearly over—wait until the moment really feels right. And if you’ve planned something a little more low-key, that very well might mean waiting a few days if your sweetheart is stressed from work or the weather isn’t cooperating.
5. Get Personal
Now that you have a ring, it’s time to plan the proposal. Think about the type of proposal your partner will love, whether it’s a grand gesture, an intimate moment, or a surprise surrounded by family and friends.
No matter your budget, Uritis says to first hone in on a beautiful, sentimental spot, which you can easily glamorize to set the mood. “Find a cool space that means something to them—it can just be your cozy living room, but you deck it out with tons of candles and it completely changes the feel of the space, and you can make it special to them,” she advises.
Earn major points with personalization, too, and steer clear of one-size-fits-all ideas.
6. Take Notes
You don’t need to have your speech totally written out, but spend a little time jotting down what you’d like to say. Getting your thoughts on paper will give you some direction when it’s time to pop the question, even if you end up winging half of it anyway.
Just ensure it’s really genuine and it’s going to make her feel so loved and excited in that moment. And Of course, don’t forget to tack on the “Will you marry me?
7. Plan a Celebration
You don’t need to plan a full-on engagement party, but make sure you’ve got an idea of how the two of you will celebrate the big moment. Book a table at your favorite restaurant, tuck some champagne in the fridge, or have a few friends waiting in the wings.
After putting all these in check, you can go ahead to have your perfect proposal.
Don’t forget to share with your friends in order to help them get the proposal of their dreams too.
Culled from BRIDES
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