1) Make sure you test her ahead of time
If you have the slightest idea of getting married in the near future, take the time to express it to her. See how she feels, discuss your ideas, dreams and plans to make sure both of you are ready for this and on the same page.
2) Make the perfect engagement ring purchase
Although it’s not a must, it’s highly recommended to let her choose the setting and you choose the diamond. Visit a few jewelry shops or look around online to get a feel of her style. Remember, she will wear this ring forever, this way she is happy with the style of the ring but has no idea when you will actually buy the diamond. Read our blog on “What do I need to know when purchasing a diamond? & How much should I spend?”
3) Make sure to talk to her parents
This is also not a must, but if she is traditional it’s recommended that you set aside time to sit with her parents and ask her father for her hand in marriage. This is not only a nice gesture but a great way to let your future father-in-law know that you are sincere, not to mention a great bonding experience for you two.
4) Make it a surprise
By this time she has an idea about you proposing but make sure she does not figure out exactly when. Don’t tell too many people before she gets surprised, let her break the news to people and enjoy the excitement. If you must, only talk to a certain few like her best friend and/or her sister, those that really know her well.
5) Make sure to be prepared, make it intimate, choose a personal spot, and practice, practice, practice.
Consider your significant others personality type; is she more of a private romantic type or public large crowd, popping the question on a loudspeaker during halftime type? It’s important to take into account her point of view before settling on a proposal spot. Intimate settings work best if she doesn’t like being the center of attention. Think of a special place that marks some type of milestone in your relationship for example, where you two met, or the location of your first date.