Have you found the woman of your dreams but not quite sure how to propose? Fret not because this ultimate guide will show you how.
10. Make sure she’s ready
Are you ready? Is she ready? Are you both ready for a lifelong commitment with each other? If you’ve been discussing and making plans for married life, then proposing marriage is the next logical step. If you haven’t broached it to each other yet, start testing the waters without being too obvious.
9. Make the timing good
Find the best time to spring the question. Don’t propose when she’s overly stressed or overwhelmed with family or work issues. Pick a time when she’s clear-headed and she’ll enjoy the whole experience more.
8.Tell the parents
Her parents are the two people who raised your beloved partner to be the person and woman she is. Pay your respects by telling them your intentions especially if your girlfriend is close to her family. If they live too far away, a phone call will be a thoughtful gesture. Just make sure they know to keep it a secret.
7. Plan how and where you are going to propose
You can propose by bringing to life your girlfriend’s dream marriage proposal. Find out what it is. Does it involve a flash mob or a surprise movie trailer? She may have dropped hints in the past or you can find out from her closest friends.
A popular alternative is proposing in a place that has special meaning to both of you. For example, it can be the place where you first met or had your first date. Either way, plan for a romantic surprise.
6. Make sure it’s a surprise
According to an infographics from Bride’s Magazine, fifty percent (50%) of men say that telling the proposal plan ahead of time is the biggest proposal “don’t”. If anybody has to know – whether it’s her parents or best friends – make sure they understand they’ll be ruining the moment for your girlfriend if they spill.
5. Get the ring ready
We’ll be adamant about this. You CANNOT show up without a ring. Interestingly, a nationwide survey by Men’s Health of close to 1,500 engaged or married couples showed that only a measly 4% of women think that a big carat size is important.
You can start by browsing brick and mortar stores or online shops to get a feel of what’s out there. If you need back-up, ask her favorite family member or friend for help. You can also choose to buy a beautiful loose diamond and a plain gold or platinum setting. You can later upgrade the setting and design together.
To get her ring size, borrow a ring that she wears on her left ring finger. Make sure she won’t miss it. If in case she does, borrow a ring-sizer from a jeweler or make your own instead.
4. Dress the part
It’s going to be one of the unforgettable moments of your life so dress appropriately. Don’t look like you’re going out to buy a six pack of beer from your neighborhood 7-Eleven store. Also, she’ll want to take pictures after to commemorate the event so it’s good to be prepared.
3. Drop on your knee
Yes it’s the 21st century but trust us on this. She’ll love the gesture if you propose on one bended knee. It’s charming and it’s romantic. This is one of the top requirements on how to propose!
2. Say it right
The best advice is to say it from the heart. Tell her why you love her and why you want to be with her forever. Tell her what she can look forward to in your lifetime together.
Make sure you speak with conviction and sincerity. Lack of these is a major red flag for her. What is the biggest mistake you can make? It’s to say things like you are “settling” or how you’re not getting any younger.
She’ll want a memento of that perfect and unforgettable time that you proposed to her. Make sure you have a camera around after you’ve received a “yes” to your proposal.
Interestingly enough, 83% of women say that they loved the way that their boyfriends proposed and wouldn’t change a thing. We’re sure your intended life partner will be as happy if you follow the tips we’ve laid out on how to propose. Are you ready to plan the perfect moment now?