Marriage proposal etiquette

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These days, a lot of people choose to propose to their partners publicly. Even if you are doing it indoors, there are some rules you must observe in order to get it right

Test the waters

According to, before you propose, the two of you should have already spoken about getting married. Make sure marriage is something that you both want, and make sure you both agree on major issues such as children. This is a big question that shouldn’t come out of the blue. You don’t want her to be taken completely off guard, as a surprise, proposal is almost certainly guaranteed to elicit a hesitant ‘yes’, if not a, “I’ll have to think about it.”

Make it a surprise

Even though you have discussed getting married, the marriage proposal itself can and should be a surprise. Find a moment and a way that she won’t be suspecting.

Prepare yourself

“Will you marry me?” is a simple question, but it’s a weighty phrase that leaves many proposers completely tongue-tied. Practise! It might feel silly, but say the words out loud a few times. You may also write down and memorise exactly what you are going to say to make sure you are as smooth and confident as possible.

Find the right ring

Since wearing an engagement ring is a lifetime commitment, make sure it’s the right one. You might find an opportunity to window-shop for rings when you are walking past a store, or you can bring it up in conversation. You can also ask her mother, sister, best friend, etc. to help choose the ring. Some brides-to-be are particular about their jewellery and want to be a part of the process, and rightfully so: a ring is a big investment; so, what better way to make sure she loves it than by going ring shopping together?

Pick a personal spot

Think about your favourite romantic places and choose a meaningful spot to pop the question. It could be as simple as in your living room or as complicated as whisking her away for a weekend in Paris. Just don’t ask her in a supermarket aisle!

Be creative


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