The pandemic changed a lot of things for people globally; how they work, how to avoid getting ill, learning new skills. And for some, the pandemic helped people to figure out their love-life. Some couples realised after spending so much time together that they weren’t as compatible as they thought, and split up. Others realised how much they love their partner and want to be with them, and to cherish the moments they spend together. This lead to a small spike in proposals, and if you are thinking of joining this trend and proposing to your significant other, then here are some things you might want to consider first.

How to do it

This one may seem like a no-brainer, but it can be really difficult to plan these things ahead of time, especially when you don’t know what places will be open to use as the perfect spot. And not only that, engagements are an extremely special, intimate moment that your significant other will likely remember forever – so that means you’ve got to know what they like. If your partner doesn’t like being the centre of attention, and you invite everyone you know to do a surprise proposal, they likely won’t enjoy it as much as they could have. And vice versa, if your partner loves big events and making memories, then thewy may be disappointed if you took them somewhere private to propose. You also need to consider whether or not you want pictures or a video of this event, or if your partner will want them if you don’t, in which case you can hire a photographer or ask friends to help. But if you do this, make sure you keep this as a surprise for your spouse, that way it’ll be so much more exciting and heartfelt to receive those pictures from you.

What ring to get?

The ring is one of the most important parts of proposing, it will be what everyone asks to see when your partner tells them the good news, and it will signify how much you love and know your partner. It is definitely best to discuss with them well before you propose, so you know what budget you can stick to, and to make it as personal for them as possible. If you know your partner loves big flashy engagement rings but you just don’t have the budget for it and really want to make her happy, then you could look into options such as moissanite engagement rings which have the same look as diamonds, but are far more sparkly and much much cheaper. There are plenty of cheaper options for other expensive stones too, including lab grown diamonds which are much cheaper and better ethically sourced than real ones. But make sure you ask your partner what they want, and especially make sure you find out their ring size!

Budget

This one not only applies to your engagement, but to your eventual wedding too. Engagement rings can get extremely expensive, especially if you want to get one custom made or designed, and if you’re planning on proposing somewhere romantic or a bit more out there to celebrate the occasion, then you’ll want to make sure you can afford all of that without breaking the bank. It is a good idea to have a savings account set aside specifically for this, and to have a set amount you want it to get to. It would also be good to make sure you shop around and look out for any deals or vouchers you could get to help pay towards the event. You’ll also want to discuss with your partner whether or not they’d like an engagement party to commemorate the event, and is this something you’re going to single handedly provide for, or is there a possibility you can get family to chip in too.

All in all, the main theme of these tips is to PLAN. Plan where it is happening, plan what ring to get, and plan how much you’re willing and able to spend on these things. It may take a lot of time to be able to fully have everything prepared, so this definitely shouldn’t be a spur of the moment decision. Not to mention, you really need to make sure that this person is the one you want to spend the rest of your life with, and that you’re not just getting engaged for the sake of it, or because they asked you to. Think about everything ahead of time, plan in advance, and your proposal should go over very smoothly.