5 Things to Consider When Proposing to Your Partner
Congratulations! You’ve found your one in a million and you’re psyching yourself up to get down on bended knee and proposing to your partner Gulp. Whether you’ve been with your loved one for six months or six years, the prospect of engagement can be super daunting. What if they say no? What if it changes our relationship? What if they don’t like the ring? It’s easy to feel a little apprehensive, but there’s nothing to worry about! Though we can’t guide you through your proposal on the day, we’ve put together some considerations to make…
Asking your future wife’s parents for their blessing is a smart move. According to a recent report, more than 70% of all engagements happen with the partner’s parents’ approval, so pluck up the courage. The tradition dates back to the 18th century, and though it was more to ask for permission rather than blessing back then, the gesture is still a nice one to make. What’s more, it’s the final approval you need before you ask your partner; if they’re not sure you should be getting down on one knee just yet, you might decide to rethink your strategy.
Location is so important when it comes to a proposal, so put your thinking cap on and do some research before you organise the engagement. You might choose to go back to where you first met, where you had your first date or even your first holiday. You might head to the local aquarium and ask the divers to put on a proposal show, or maybe you’ll ask for the mic at a nightclub and dedicate a song so you can propose on the dancefloor? The opportunities are endless, but the more planning and preparation you do, the easier the process will be.
Once that’s sorted, you’ll need to come up with a decent excuse to get your partner to that aquarium or the local park, especially if it’s the middle of the winter or you’re home birds. Sure, this will involve a few white lies and perhaps the help of friends and family, but it’ll be worth it once you’ve popped the question and can start planning married life together. Say that you’ve booked a romantic meal for your anniversary or you’ve got a surprise – they’ll have no choice but to say yes and turn up on the day!
Money isn’t everything, but putting thought into the right ring for your partner is critical. If you just pick the first thing you see, it might not be the right style or fit your partner’s finger, so take your time and research into the meaning behind the designs. Claddagh rings, as an example, sport a romantic trinity design representing love (the heart), friendship (the pair of hands), and loyalty (the crown). They make a perfect promise, engagement, and wedding ring and allow you to hark back to your roots, especially if you’ve got Irish blood in you.
Before the “yes”, you might want to think about telling some of your closest friends and family about your proposal – but only if you know they can keep it to themselves. If you’d prefer to keep it personal, then consider hiring a photographer or having someone on-hand so you can take a few photographs for social media or for an engagement party invite to bring all of your family together. If you’re too hush-hush, people might be upset they weren’t involved, but remember that your engagement is about you and your partner, not them!
There you have it – a few important considerations to make before you go down on one knee. Whatever you’ve got planned, we wish you the very best of luck with your proposal.