DO’S AND DON’TS

SOME THINGS TO CON­SIDER – AND A FEW TO AVOID – BE­FORE GET­TING DOWN ON BENDED KNEE.

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DO

Ask her par­ents be­fore­hand. Some tra­di­tions are still worth­while.

Ask her friends and fam­ily for ad­vice on the right ring, if you’re un­sure.

Pick some­where mean­ing­ful for your re­la­tion­ship.

MAKE IT A SUR­PRISE.

Write a short pro­posal speech, telling her how much she means to you. Then prac­tise it in the mir­ror.

GET DOWN ON ONE KNEE.

Re­mem­ber to end with the words: “will you marry me?”

Put the ring on her fin­ger (the one next to the pinkie on her left hand, gents).

DON’T

Do it com­pletely out of the blue. Mar­riage should be on the cards, even if she doesn’t know when you’re pop­ping the ques­tion.

Tell too many peo­ple about your plan be­fore­hand. Se­crets get out easily.

PRO­POSE VIA TEXT OR SO­CIAL MEDIA. SE­RI­OUSLY.

Over-think it – some­times sim­ple re­ally is best.

Have too many drinks be­fore.

Leave the ring at home… Or hide it in her dessert (there’s a rea­son it comes in a fancy box).

CHOOSE ANY­WHERE TOO PUBLIC, IF SHE’S THE SHY TYPE.

Upload the whole thing to Youtube. Some mem­o­ries are best kept per­sonal.

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