10 Proven Ways To Get Your Partner To Propose
Ready for the ring? We asked Brits to tell us their tried-and-tested engagement hints, from making their partner watch wedding TV programmes to browsing jewellery store windows. Read on to pick up some top tips to get your loved one down on one knee.
Popping the question is a life-changing moment. No matter how besotted with each other you both are, putting a ring on it is a big decision. But if you’re keen to help move things along, Britain’s aspiring brides have a few tricks up their sleeves.
We asked 1,000 married women and men for the most common hints they used to get their loved one to take things to the next level. From casually mentioning ring sizes to filling their partner’s inbox with romantic holiday destinations (and even joking about appearing on ‘Don’t Tell the Bride’), the hints revealed are amusingly honest. Here are the most popular…
Britain’s top proposal hints (to try yourself)
2. Just say it
Asking your partner casually if they see themselves getting married one day is a subtle yet straightforward way of getting your message across. Asking ‘Who would you have as your best man?’ is another clever nudge.
3. ‘It could be us next…’
If there ever was a perfect time to drop a proposal hint, it would be at a friend’s wedding. Love is in the air – not to mention bubbles – and your partner is probably imagining your own wedding as much as you are.
4. Family matters
Families are brilliant when it comes to asking the things you might find awkward. If they haven’t done it already, get them to playfully ask your partner’s plans straight up. ‘When are you going to make an honest woman of her?’ is the most popular hint.
5. Dropping the ring size
Not knowing your ring size may be a big factor in your partner dragging their feet. Pointing it out may just be exactly what they need for the helpful little nudge. You can always mention the specific type of ring you’ve always wanted, just to make sure.
6. Something’s missing…
Fiddling with a ring on another finger is a subtle way to show your partner that your engagement finger is diamond-less. Just saying…
Has your friend recently been proposed to? Point it out to your loved one as a hint and get the conversation started. Alternatively, try mentioning the length of time your parents have been married, or mention one of your mum’s/grandmother’s rings.
9. Wish we were here
Found the ultimate romantic proposal location? Email it to your partner immediately.
10. Dress it up
Who isn’t gripped with wedding dresses and rings? Look at dresses when your partner is there (if you’re really bold you could even try one on) or leave jewellery magazines open in the house for a sparkling hint.
After all those hints, the moment that question finally leaves your partner’s mouth you’ll be more than ready to tell the world. ‘Engagement selfies’ are a rising trend, with 42% of couples in our study telling us that they captured the magic moment this way to share online.
But it’s not just selfies. We trawled Instagram looking for besotted photo-takers and picked out our favourite eight types of proposal pictures – from sparkling engagement ring shots to luxurious locations.