How to Propose: The Checklist
Now that the snow is melting and we see some warmer temperatures in our future, it is soon to be engagement season. If you’re thinking of popping the question to the person of your dreams, Lincroft Village Jewelers has some suggestions!
1. Selecting the ring
The proposal, of course, is coupled with the ring! So, what are you going to propose with? This decision is quite momentous in itself because an engagement ring is an investment piece. The ring itself symbolizes eternity, and its importance and meaning is timeless. For those of you toying around with proposing, the ring is your canvas and can be done however you envision it to be! Custom engagement rings have been more popular recently.
2. Picking a method and finding a location
How and where it is done are important tone setters for the occasion. The first thing to consider: is there a significant location to your relationship? A place you met, the restaurant you went for your first date, a destination that you’ve both always wanted to visit are all great places to start.
The second consideration when choosing a method and location: your significant other’s personality. For example, if your significant other is a little timid and would prefer to be out of the center of attention, you may not want to pop the question in a restaurant full of people. The “full restaurant” method would be great for an outgoing person. Personality is probably the most important part to consider when brainstorming ideas.
3. Setting the date
Now that you have a location in mind, make any reservations you may need well in advance. Planning is key here. You also want to make sure that your significant other will be available at the designated date and time. Don’t hesitate to ask for help; Friends and family are more than willing. Everybody likes to to be part of a great life-changing secret like that! Increase the element of surprise by having a friend set up an evening out with your significant other.
As you get closer to the date, think about what you want to say—and practice. You don’t want to fumble through the moment you’ll both remember for the rest of your lives.
Something else to consider in advance: whether or not you want to speak with your significant other’s parents first. Some parents expect to be asked for permission, and some just like the consideration of being in on the secret from the beginning.
4. Documenting the moment
Consider whether or not to have someone photograph the memorable occasion. It may not make sense for you if you’ve decided to propose in a secluded place or if you don’t want to let anyone else in on the secret. Otherwise, think of asking a relative, friend, or even a professional photographer to capture the moment. It will be a photograph that you both will love to show off. Years later, you’ll be happy you have something to remember the moment. Also, it makes a great save-the-date card.
5. Sending around the good news
Once your significant other has said yes, you’ll both want to spread the word and share your happiness! Think about how you might like to tell everyone. Whether it’s a text message, social media, an email, or a phone call to a select list of people, consider whether you want to let everyone know right away, or wait a day and keep the news to yourselves for a bit.
A thoughtful extra for her
Once everyone hears the news, expect to be flooded with requests for close-ups of the ring. Your new fiancé will want to put her best hand forward. You’ll get bonus points for thoughtfulness if you can get your girlfriend a manicure before the proposal without tipping her off. Recruit her mother, sister or friend to treat her.