So, we’re going to do this a bit differently. We’re living in a day and time when traditions are being questioned, tested, and changed. Men and women are no longer strictly following “gender roles” in heterosexual relationships, they’re re-creating their “normal”. More women are popping the questions to that “perfect guy”, and men are becoming more comfortable with it. In fact, 53% of men say they would buy their girlfriend a ring, even if she proposed to him.
With that being said, if you are about to pop the question – man or woman – you’re probably thinking of the perfect way to do it. How are you going to ask the person you love to spend the rest of their life with you? Whew, just the thought is chilling. This is a huge step. Well, stress no more, we’ve got you covered! Here are a few sure tips that will help you execute that special moment.
- Consider your future spouse’s parents/family members
This is a huge step for you and your spouse, and if you’re both so lucky, your loved ones will be a part of this. It’s up to you to determine how involved they will be. If you know your partner and/or their family is big on tradition, ask for your partner’s parents or a close relative for their hand in marriage. Also, if you have an inkling that your future spouse would want their family at the engagement try to plan for that as well. Some people like to share that special moment with friends and family.
- Incorporate something that has been memorable in your relationship
This will make the moment even more memorable! Pick a song, locations, food, etc. that links to a memorable moment in your dating relationship. Not only is this nostalgic — and makes for a great story — it is thoughtful. It shows your partner that you cherish the relationship enough to remember the details, such as where you had your first kiss.
- Set the Tone
Whether it’s in private or public, in front of loved-ones or by yourselves, you must set a romantic tone. Consider lighting, food, decorations, etc. If their favorite food is steak, maybe incorporate a steak dinner in the proposal. If they love roses, decorate the location with roses or simply give them a bouquet of roses. Consider candle lighting or bright lighting depending on where you propose. You know your partner better than anyone — or at least your should — set a tone that is going to make them feel loved and comfortable.
- Timing is Everything
This may be redundant but timing is everything! You want to propose during a stable time in your relationship. So, if your partner is really stressed or dealing with a few life roubles, maybe postpone the proposal for a better time. You want this moment to be blissful, not to be centered in the middle of chaos.
Hopefully, these tips help you plan a perfect proposal for you and your partner. Now go out there and get your girl — or guy!