If you are thinking about proposing to your girlfriend, then it’s time to get planning. There are four important things you should have in mind when planning to propose to your girlfriend. Knowing these will help ensure the proposal goes smoothly and doesn’t go totally wrong.

A romantic proposal is only memorable with a ring

If you’re planning to propose to your girlfriend then it goes without saying that having an engagement ring is imperative regardless of whether you’re looking for something cheap or expensive. People buy engagement rings all the time but it’s also important to make sure that you go about this task carefully because what could be seen as cute and creative can easily seem impractical, especially if she talks about her work with precious stones etc. Here are some things you might want to consider:


  • Does she wear most of her jewelry with casual clothing? If so, save money by choosing something inexpensive like silver or a birthstone ring. 
  • Is she the type of person who would only wear her jewelry with evening or formal clothes? If so, it’s best to get something classy like high-quality diamonds. Of course, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t other options because you can get classic designs in gold and silver which are equally beautiful. Just make sure you don’t get anything gaudy for people who prefer simple yet elegant jewelry over something flashy.


Be Prepared with a Plan

There is so much that has to be organized before the big day, so be prepared! This means having an actual plan of what exactly is going to happen on the day. When picking out an engagement ring, make sure you know where everything else (the venue, catering, etc.) is being picked up from and booked for the day, because once it’s gone it’s gone! Most importantly know how your partner may react to what you’re planning – how will you approach the proposal? Don’t propose in front of a large audience unless they are part of the plan. You may have seen some trending social media posts about unusual or creative proposals, but try not to imitate them or follow suit. Those people took special effort and planning to get their proposals done successfully, and you should focus on how to make yours successful in your own way. The proposal should be simple and sweet for your girl. Keep it short and to the point. Try not to use cliches but do try to include something that she will love, that is romantic or sentimental at least! Remember that this only happens once so don’t miss out on anything important. Also, make sure you have all your ducks in a row before popping the question. Finally, remember to practice what you are going to say because there’s nothing worse than stumbling over words when proposing! Lastly, be thorough and realistic with your plan. Not all proposals end up successfully, so take into consideration what steps you need to take if things go south. Have a backup plan so that if they say no, you know what to do and will not be devastated.


Have a budget

When it comes to proposing, there’s no such thing as being too prepared. If you’re thinking about proposing but don’t have much money to spend, then it might not be the right time just yet. In many parts of the world gifting expensive jewelry is considered a sign that you love someone which is why it’s often expected that men will buy an engagement ring for their partners when they propose. You can still tailor your proposal and make sure she knows how much she means to you without having to purchase an expensive engagement ring by spending on things like flowers and cooking her favorite meal instead. That way she’ll know how much effort and thought you put into preparing everything.


Consider the timing

Take into consideration where you both are right now. Is the timing right? Think about what would make her happiest and safest. Here are some of the most common times to think about proposing: 


  • A holiday 
  • When you have just done something new together e.g. learned a new skill, moved in together, etc 
  • After you have bought or received an expensive item that can be used as part of the proposal e.g. engagement ring, car, etc 
  • On her birthday 

There is no right time and wrong time to propose however it’s important not to rush into things and feel pressured into doing it because everyone else seems to be getting engaged left, right and center. There is no perfect moment so when planning your proposal make sure that you pick a moment that feels right for you both.

At the end of the day, proposing is an incredibly special event that will probably be remembered fondly forever even if things didn’t go according to plan. However, when taking into consideration all these things before getting down on one knee then everything else should fall right into place without too much trouble at all.


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