When you are getting ready to propose to your long-time significant other, there are a number of different things you have to consider. To begin with, you are likely nervous about the situation, even if you’re absolutely sure she’ll say yes! Additionally, you want to make sure you get the timing right, and that the moment itself is absolutely perfect, as it will be one that both of you remember for the rest of your lives. For the most part, all of this involves two main factors: how you decide to propose, and what sort of engagement ring you pick out for the occasion.
The first thing to do when you start to consider how you’re actually going to “pop the question” is to forget about every film you’ve ever watched that had a proposal in it. Films are full of storybook proposals, but imitating these will lead you to a very cliché and impersonal proposal that isn’t really you. Instead, focus on choosing a time and place that specifically appeals to you, and be original.
Try to maintain the element of surprise. If you and your significant other have been discussing marriage, and you set up a candlelit dinner on an anniversary (or something similar) she will probably be expecting a proposal! Romance is great, but try to make the proposal at least a bit exciting and surprising!
Thoughts On Engagement Rings
Getting the ring right is a major aspect of any proposal, no matter where you do it, what you say, etc., and for this reason it’s important for you to understand your options. Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind is that there are many, many styles of engagement rings – it’s not all about simple bands with simple diamonds. As you can see rings come with all sorts of different settings, with stones shaped in many different ways. In fact, some rings even have stones that are not diamonds, and this is becoming more and more popular. Take your time to consider various styles and choose one that suits your fiancé-to-be.
Finally, if you do choose a diamond engagement ring, which is still the most popular option, it is important to understand what comprises a good diamond. Diamonds are measured by many different standards regarding how well they reflect light, how perfect they are (in terms of flaws, scratches, etc.) and how large they are. Some of these factors are more important than others depending on whom you ask, so again try to focus on your fiancé-to-be rather than general concepts. Learn about diamonds and pick out something that she’ll love, whether that’s a larger stone or a smaller but more perfect one.
How did you propose? How were you proposed to? Share your engagement stories.