Tips to help you win his hand the right way
You don’t have to wait until the next leap year to propose to your man - although you’d only have to hold on until 2016. In this modern day and age, making the choice to pop the question yourself is not a remedy for disaster and shouldn’t be an idea so easily cast aside. Maybe your partner is not the assertive, go-get-em type of guy, or perhaps he is too busy for marriage to even cross his mind. Either way, if you’re the kind of lady who likes to do things differently, then it may be time to take matters into your own hands.
Many men will even be grateful for having the pressure of proposing taken off their hands and you’ll be admired for your ability to grab life by the horns. But before you do, take a look at our tips and tricks for ensuring that you pop the question the right way and at the right time.
Is he ready?
You may be desperate to end the waiting game, but it’s important to make sure that he too has marriage on his mind. If you’re unsure as to whether he wants the same things from your relationship, try subtly bringing up the topic of marriage and see where it goes. If he shows signs of discomfort then you may be prompting him too soon, but he may surprise you with his enthusiasm - meaning you’re half-way there already.
Private or public?
Pick his brains and find out his opinion on public proposals. Many people find the prospect of public proposals incredibly embarrassing, so it may be best to ditch any ideas that involve billboards and banners. You may find that a simple but special night in with a curry and a bottle of wine is the key to winning his hand in marriage.
Do it your own way
If you’re already considering popping the question, then there really is no obligation to follow tradition. Are you worried he’d feel uncomfortable with you getting down on one knee? Pop the question in a way that is personal to you and your relationship for a stress-free proposal that should feel completely natural. They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so why not cook him his favourite meal and bring the ring out with the dessert? Think outside the box and you’ll be guaranteed to win his heart all over again.
Keep it simple
If your man’s a traditional kind of guy, then the chances are he’s going to be pretty gobsmacked when he sees you throw tradition out of the window. If this sounds like your partner, then we advise that you keep your proposal relatively simple - without removing the fun factor. Pop the ring in a kinder egg or spell the words out in your scrabble match. Keeping it sweet yet subtle will melt his heart without overwhelming him.
Seal the deal
Remember that proposing with a ring at the ready is not always compulsory. Seal the deal with a token of your love in the shape of a fancy watch, a pair of cufflinks or something more personal and to your relationship. For some inspiration, check out these engagement gifts for men.