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Top 4 Things to Do Before Popping the Question

Updated on May 5, 2014
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Introduction

So you've been in a relationship for a while and you do believe that she's the one - what are the steps you should take before proposing to your girl? The following is my advice on which stones to not leave upturned when planning the big moment.

Choose The Ring

Quite an obvious one, but you better begin ring-shopping a bit in advance. You want to make the occassion rather special, don't you?

And one would assume that if you're seriously thinking about marrying your partner, you'd have known her for some reasonable amount of time - right?

So take a few moments when she's not looking and organize a decent ring and keep it under lock and key where its nearly guaranteed that she won't stumble upon it (your office locker is one safe haven).

Research Dates and Locations for The Big Day

If you're both looking for the same thing and are deeply in love, there's a big chance your girl won't reject your proposal.

Assuming she does reply with 'I will', have you thought about what to do next? Things don't stop with just an engagement - you've got to consider planning D-Day too.

When you have a few moments in the day to yourself, scout out locations for the wedding, possible dates, guest-lists etc.

A close caption of a Pink Diamond Engagement Ring
A close caption of a Pink Diamond Engagement Ring | Source

Keep a Trusted Friend or Family Member in Loop

While I agree that such an event must enjoy utmost secrecy even among your friends and loved ones - it doesn't hurt to advise the very trusted few in your life regarding what you're planning on doing (and that includes anybody close and trustworthy at her end too). Not only does this add a 'security blanket' and act as an 'insurance policy', you could also use some advice regarding how to go about it and how to plot that perfect surprise on your would be missus when you gather the courage to pop the question.

Plan The Event and Spare No Efforts!

So you've got the ring, have scouted locations and dates for the actual wedding and have even involved a few close friends or relatives in your plans so that there's no room for error - now comes the moment when you need to organize the actual proposal. How do you plan on doing it? Do you wish to do it casually at a restaurant or sweep her off guard by planning something grand at a fancy restaurant or even a ride on a sea-plane from the city to a beach-side resort? The options are endless. Just ensure that you have all possible loopholes covered and the staff involved at any of the places or events mentioned above are aware of what you're planning on doing so that they can pitch in to make the effort equally memorable.


A caption of a proposal in action in front of the Eiffel Tower - As beautiful as this looks, professional wedding planners label this as a cliche as many people have 'been there, done that'.
A caption of a proposal in action in front of the Eiffel Tower - As beautiful as this looks, professional wedding planners label this as a cliche as many people have 'been there, done that'. | Source

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      Harry 3 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thanks for the feedback thumbi7 :)

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      JR Krishna 3 years ago from India

      Nice post. Helpful tips for anyone thinking of proposing...

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      Harry 3 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thanks for the comment Dana..and yes please feel free to share :)

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      Dana Tate 3 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Nice article and great tips. I have a few men I may need to direct this article to for they seem to be waiting too long to propose and I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt. I'm sure they just need some helpful tips, such as you have here, to get them started. Thanks for sharing voted up!

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      Harry 3 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thanks for your comment Nicole - well I wasn't really sure re choosing a title so I chose the closest one which fit

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      Nicole Kristine 3 years ago from MN

      To be honest I thought this was going to be advice on what you should do in your personal life before you propose marriage to someone when I initially saw the title. You know like: parachute out of a plane, swim with sharks, hike a mountain etc. But this is all good advice (and makes better sense than what I thought it was about). Anyone who wants to propose to someone should give this a read.

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      Harry 3 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Haha .. Well I do hope the tips are handy enough

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Any man ready to propose should read this.