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Your knees are weak and you have a serious case of sweaty palms and heavy arms. Are you about to go into a rap battle like Enimem in 8 Mile? Nope, you’ve decided to propose — and you have no idea how to do it.
No need to panic. Though deciding to propose is a huge (and emotional) life decision, it’s not something you have to fret over. Instead, think about the process logically by breaking the whole proposal down, step by step.
We know, we know: Easier said than done. Luckily, we’re in the diamond engagement ring business and have heard a thing a two about marriage proposals, so let us help with this guide to planning the perfect proposal.
We’ve all heard stories about people who got engaged just a couple weeks — or even days — after meeting. While that doesn’t mean the marriage won’t work, it’s a sign that perhaps the couple hasn’t thought things all the way through.
But that’s not you. You’ve been with your significant other for months or years and know you’re ready to make the big commitment. While that may be true, ask yourself the following questions:
While a spontaneous proposal might work in the movies, you should probably do a little planning before popping the big question.
There are a few factors you should consider before deciding on a date:
Alright, you’ve thought things through and have a date in mind. Awesome!
Now it’s time to commit to the date and use it as the jumping-off place for all your planning — like arranging for her family to be there, or even doing something as spectacular as creating a vacation around the proposal.
Whatever you do, just make sure it’s something that will be special to you and her. You don’t have to include anyone — or do anything fancy — if that’s not how you are as a couple. If you know she would be happy if you propose on a “random” Saturday night, then go that route. If she (and you) would love a fancy party, go for that.
Ultimately, it’s important to go with your gut.
There is no right or wrong time to propose; it has to be the right moment for the couple. Ensure that you two are on the same page about your future and communicate well. Also, factor in how long the engagement period should last and set the proposal date once your engagement ring is ready.
This decision lies with you. If you think the occasion would be more special with the family around, you should plan it during the holidays so the family can be present. Also, key in whether your partner would want everyone around or prefer it to be an intimate moment with just the two of you present.
There is no best season to propose. While some prefer a magical winter land proposal, others prefer it during a sunny bright day. Take your partner’s likes and dislikes into consideration, along with their frame of mind, before deciding when to propose.
An average engagement lasts from one year to 18 months, but the longevity of your engagement depends entirely on you and your partner.