Proposal 101: What To Prepare For The Perfect Engagement

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If you are looking to take the next step with your better half, there might be a ton of questions that pop up: “What is the best way to propose? What should I say or do? Which diamond proposal ring will she love?”

While there are no right or wrong answers when it comes to the perfect proposal, this is the moment where you will pledge your commitment and unconditional love to the person you wish to spend the rest of your life with – so it’s only natural to want to get the details right.

And it doesn’t hurt to get some help along the way, which is why we have prepared a helpful guide packed with tips on how to plan your winning proposal.

The “When”

Thinking of the right time to get engaged is just as important as how you propose. For many couples, reaching a professional or financial milestone is the perfect time to pop the question, especially since getting married requires a certain degree of security. Proposing on significant dates such as anniversaries, birthdays or holidays can also make the occasion extra special.

If you and your partner have already discussed all the important factors, such as starting a family and having a clear plan for the future (and of course, after asking for permission from her parents), it might be your cue.

When in doubt, the best advice is to trust your gut feeling – you will just “know” when it’s time.

The “What”

Think about what would make your partner happiest – will she prefer a private proposal between the two of you? Or perhaps a celebration with friends and family around?

You can also start searching for inspiration online or ask her close friends for ideas. After narrowing down your options, think about some sentimental details to incorporate – perhaps the two of you have a shared memory or common interest, or you know she has a soft spot for Japanese cuisine and a bouquet of lilies – she is sure to appreciate you going the extra mile to impress her.

Chances are you’ll feel a bit nervous, so it’s also a good idea to prepare what you want to say in advance. Instead of memorizing a script word for word, try focusing on key points, such as why your partner is the one for you and what your hopes for the future are.

If you do decide to have a public proposal, you might also want to consider any hiccups that can occur and get permission to set up earlier in the day. And don’t forget to put on your best outfit (and also, how to hide the proposal ring)

Bonus tip: hire a photographer or videographer to capture the proposal so that you have a highlight reel to remember the moment forever!

The “Where”

Due to the unpredictability of the pandemic and the ever-changing measures, thinking of where to propose can become tricky. Consider re-visiting a significant place that holds special memories for both of you or plan a lavish proposal at home.

Make sure you do your research beforehand if you are planning to bring the proposal to a restaurant or outdoors – the last thing you want is to fumble over your words or have your plans cancelled due to unforeseen closures and bad weather. If you really want to play it safe, have a backup plan ready.

You might also want to plan the moments leading up to when you pop the question and surprise her with a brilliant engagement ring and what to do after she says “Yes!”

Bonus tip: it is always better to have a ring that is too big rather than too small. Ideally, get her measurements right from the beginning by requesting a ring sizer from us!

Say always and forever with your proposal ring

The quintessential part of any proposal is to have a sparkling engagement ring prepared – this is something that your partner is going to wear and treasure for the rest of her life, so it’s important that you choose the right one that speaks to her heart and personality.

With so many diamond engagement rings out there, it can quickly become overwhelming. Round brilliant diamond rings are a fool-proof option as the classic and timeless shape that offers the best sparkle for your bride-to-be. It is best to buy a ring at least 6-8 weeks in advance as it gives you plenty of time to shop around and do any last-minute changes with the jeweller.

If it helps, consult a trusted friend or work with a professional jeweller to zero in on the nitty-gritty details for you. At Star Carat, our diamond specialists are always ready to share their expertise and knowledge on choosing the perfect ring to complete your proposal. Our lab-grown diamonds are IGI-certified and land themselves in the Typell A category – which means that our affordable diamond engagement rings never compromise on quality.

For those who have a rough sketch of what they want, shop our classic engagement ring styles online or book your appointment with us today!