So, you’re thinking of proposing? Congratulations! If you’re reading this, you’re likely just making sure you’re doing it right – which is great! Firstly, forget most of what you’ve heard about proposals. A lot of is outdated traditions and sales tactics. Proposing is about asking your partner to spend the rest of your life with you, and taking a beautiful step in your relationship.

However, with the question, comes a few boxes that should be ticked. Here is everything you need to think about before proposing. So before you go shopping for wedding rings, tick the boxes on this list!

1. Do you want to get married?

This may seem like a given, but when it comes to the big things in life, it never hurts to double-check. Ask yourself if you actually want to get married and why. It’s important to understand your reasons and to make sure they match up with your partner. This leads us nicely to your next step.

2. Does your partner want to get married?

With a question like this, it’s ok to get an answer in advance. Check-in with your partner (without giving away the surprise of course), and ask what their views of marriage are. If they want it, and if they do, what does it look like to them? If they don’t want to get married, that’s ok – this doesn’t mean they aren’t committed to you.

3. Have you got a plan?

Now you’ve got the green light to propose, it’s time to make a plan. There’s no such thing as the perfect proposal, but there are better ways to propose to your partner than others. So, try to understand your partner and the kind of proposal they would like. If they like to be the centre of attention, perhaps a grand proposal in front of an audience is in order? However, if they’re shy, something more intimate is the way to go. Consult friends and family if needed, just make sure they can keep a secret!

4. Have you got a ring?

Now you’ve got a plan, it’s time to get a ring. First things first, there is no set amount of money that needs to be spent. Spend what you can afford, and what you are willing to spend. As long you’ve got something you think you’re partner will love, you’re on the right track. There are so many beautiful wedding rings available, so don’t be afraid to ask for help. Remember – this isn’t about the ring, it’s about the journey that you and your partner are about to take!

Final Thoughts

Ticked the boxes? Great! You’re now ready to propose. Good Luck!