It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, we’re not talking about Christmas, it’s almost Engagement season! Yes, that magical time between Thanksgiving and Valentines Day where the number of engagements boom! Are you going to be one of them this year? Will you be the proposer or the
propose-e? Whichever it is, we have gathered some tips for the upcoming season that may help it run a little smoother for you.
Are you in the Same Place?
We don’t mean location by the way. Are you both in the same place in the relationship? This is an important thing to sit down and think about before making any plans whatsoever. Have you both discussed marriage? Are your future plans aligned for after the wedding? It’s so important to know that you are both on the same page and that you want the same things.
Ask for Her Hand
Of course, we know it’s the 21st century but nothing says respect more to your future in-laws than asking for their permission to marry their daughter. It’s also a nice sentiment and tradition.
Ok, now the heavy stuff is out of the way, here is the sneaky bit. Finding out her ring size. If you already know it, bonus, skip to the next tip, but just in case you don’t, here’s a few pointers; Find a ring that she wears and put it on your finger to where it fits comfortably. Now, you can either mark the place or tie a piece of cotton around where the ring is resting. Go to the jewelers and voila! You could also just take the ring to the jewelers, but in this case, be sure it’s not one she wears regularly, or she may just get suspicious!
Set the Scene
Consider who you both are for a second. Does either of you enjoy being the center of attention? Would she appreciate a public proposal or a more private one? If you both don’t mind people around you, watching and congratulating, go wild! There are so many exciting ways to propose, flash mobs, baseball game scoreboards, etc. If you think a more private proposal would be suitable, how about a candlelit dinner outdoors, or on a walk through a scenic forest, even just at home with your loved ones? Think about what you both would enjoy.
Popping the Question
When the time is right, you will know. That doesn’t stop you from being attacked by a barrage of nerves though, does it? Don’t worry, it’s ok. Try not to focus so much on the end result and enjoy the run-up. Don’t script what you are going to say word for word. Let it come out naturally. What are the things you love about her? What are you looking forward to in your future together? Dial-up the romance a little, but don’t go overboard.
So, you’ve said yes to the love of your life and you are beyond excited, but what now? It’s likely that you’re so happy and excited you have no idea what to do first, but we have some little helpful tips for you.
Enjoy the Moment
This is a special and significant moment in both your lives, so let’s just take a breather. You are the only two people in the entire world that know what has just happened. How beautiful and intimate is that? Enjoy it and enjoy each other. There will be plenty of time for everything else later.
We know that you are bursting to tell the whole world your news, and social media is probably the best way to do it. Hang on a second though. Why not personally go to your families and let them know first? They probably knew that there was going to be a proposal and are dying to find out how it went. Get together with them first and celebrate before picking up that phone.
There really is no need to jump headfirst into planning straight away. Take a little breather for the both of you and just enjoy that newly engaged feeling. “Being newly engaged is a lovely, special time and it’s nice to enjoy it for a while before the planning phase kicks in. The wedding planning can wait. Just enjoy each other and this new stage of your life.” Laura Babb, NuBride.
Don’t forget, your fiancé may have just popped the question in the most romantic way, but he will no doubt want a bit of time before succumbing to the stress of planning a wedding. Saying that there’s no harm in a bit of Pinterest browsing is there? Check out some of our inspiration here.
Are you planning to propose to your significant other but feeling a little uninspired? Contact us here and we can help you make it a magical moment you’ll both remember!