You've found the right person. You've found the right ring. Now you have to find the right moment to pop the question.
So how do you make your proposal turn out flawlessly? We have plenty of tried-and-true tips to help you, but overall, it all comes down to just one thing: effort.
Putting in real effort, thought and love into your proposal makes all the difference. Remember, your proposal doesn't have to change the world. It just has to show your partner that they mean the world to you.
Here are a few tips that will help you along the way:
Know the Answer
Your proposal should be surprising, but it shouldn't come directly out of left field. Before you pull a ring out, have a good idea how your partner will respond. "Will you marry me?" shouldn't be your first discussion on the subject.
Rules of the Engagement (Ring)
Here’s where a little bit of effort goes a long way. The history of the diamond as an engagement ring first became popular in the 1930’s, but the idea of an engagement ring has been around for centuries.
If you’re still deciding on a diamond engagement ring, consider doing some window shopping with your partner prior to making a purchase. If you want to keep things more secretive, talk to your partner’s friends and family, or their family jeweler, to get a feel for their taste.
Another option is to use a stand-in ring for the proposal. Perhaps you can use their great grandmother’s diamond engagement ring, and then take your partner shopping later. (We can tell you everything you need to know about how to buy a diamond.)
Do your homework before buying the engagement ring. Most importantly, find a jeweler you trust.
Don't have a jeweler? An AGS-certified jeweler is always ready to help. Also, since you’re making such a big investment, make sure you insure the ring as soon as you purchase it. Your jeweler will be able to discuss this with you, or you may be able to insure it for an additional cost under your homeowner's or tenants insurance policy.
Ask Permission, Not Forgiveness
Before you take a knee, take the time to speak with your partner's parents first. Asking permission is a tradition carried since the Roman times, and it’s a great way to make a good impression on your future in-laws.
This is your chance to shine. You may get some inspiration from our list of the top 10 movie proposals! You could also use modern technology for a Twitter proposal.
No matter what you do, just put your heart into it. Here are a few ideas to get your started:
Location, Location, Location
Propose via video or in person from an extreme location - atop a mountain, while skydiving, or on the shores of a romantic and faraway beach.
Keep it Traditional
In an intimate setting, preferably one with family and friends waiting nearby, drop to one knee and let your heart do the talking.
Spread the News
Your partner will most likely handle this for you, but make sure to share the big news with people you know. You might also consider sending out an engagement announcement.
You did it! Consider toasting your engagement with a night on the town, a glass of bubbly or a celebration with friends and family.
Find a jeweler certified by the American Gem Society in your area for wedding proposal help.