Simple Solutions to Your Biggest Proposal Problems

Planning a proposal can be nerve-racking. There’s a lot of pressure on your shoulders, and you don’t want to slip up. If you’re feeling stuck about what to do, look at these common proposal problems and their simple solutions.

“How Can I Decide on the Ring?”

You’ve looked online and browsed big jewellery stores for engagement rings in Toronto, and you can’t seem to find the right one. Stop right there. You need to change course and go to a custom designer.

Don’t waste your time hunting for the perfect ring when you can make it yourself. See how you can get a custom engagement ring with the expert assistance of a professional jeweller. You can pick everything from the gemstones to the carat of gold. You’re in complete control.

And if you’re having a hard time figuring out the custom design, why not have your partner join you? Lots of couples are ring shopping together. You’ll know that they’ll love the ring when they’ve had a part in designing it.

“How Do I Figure Out the Ring Size?”

You don’t want to try to slide the ring on their finger and have it get stuck halfway down. You want it to be a perfect fit, like Cinderella with the glass slipper.

If you’re determined to get the right size without involving your partner, go through their jewellery box, borrow a ring and bring it to the jeweller to see what size it is. Alternatively, if your partner is collaborating with you – measuring their finger is the best option!

“Do I Have to Ask Their Father First?”

It’s an age-old tradition to ask your partner’s father for permission before you get down one knee and ask them yourself. But just because it’s a tradition, it doesn’t mean that you have to do it.

Asking for a father’s permission for marriage is a problematic convention because it makes his opinion on your relationship a priority over your partner’s. They are the one that you’re marrying. So, unless they specifically expect you to go through with this step in the proposal, you can skip it.

If you want to be respectful and let your potential in-laws know about your plans, don’t ask them for permission — ask for their blessing instead. This way, you’re not giving them any authority over their child’s life choices.

“What Do I Say?”

You’re ready to propose, but you can’t think of what to say other than the obvious question. What should you do?

  • Speak from the heart. Be honest about how they make you feel and why you’re asking.
  • Talk about your future plans. Do you want kids? Pets? A big house?
  • Focus on a memory that makes you happy or made you realize how much you cared about them.
  • Get inspired. Look up the most romantic movies and songs to get your creative juices flowing.

You have the ring in your pocket. You have your speech memorized. Now, all you have to do is wait for the right moment and ask. You’ve got this!




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