How to know if you're ready to propose

As you say hello to 2018, are you wondering if this will be the year you get down on one knee and ask her to marry you? How do you know if you’re truly ready?

Self-reflection is key, and the most romantic marriage proposals are successful when they come straight from the heart. If you’re wondering whether it’s your time to propose, here are a few ways to tell if you’re ready to pop the question. And when you’re ready to start looking at proposal ideas, The Heart Bandits can help you create some magic!

You’ve talked about the future

The two of you might be planning exciting vacations and concerts for 2018, but how often have you talked about the next five or ten years? As your relationship grows, conversations about the future will start to feel more natural.

If you find that you’re both on the same page and want to be in each other’s lives for the short-term and the long-term, you’ll have a sense of confidence that can bloom into a romantic proposal.

The reasons to get engaged feel right

If you’ve been fighting non-stop and you’re wondering if a marriage proposal will help save your relationship, it might be helpful to take a step back and consider your reasons for proposing. If the ups and downs of your relationship feel overwhelming and you’re looking for a way to salvage what you once had, try starting a conversation to help you get on the same page. If you don’t take the time have an honest discussion, you might blindside her with a proposal–and even worse, she might not feel comfortable saying “yes.”

She gets along with your friends and family

In many cases, your friends and family might know you better than you know yourself. It’s important for your life partner to get along with the people who are most important to you. Not only will you be able to plan parties and gatherings without worrying about drama, but you won’t ever have to feel like you’re choosing between your wife and your friends. This is important if you want a life filled with happiness and love.

You understand each other’s goals–and you genuinely support them

You and your partner might have lofty goals for your lives, and that’s exciting! Just make sure you discuss your goals with one another and lay everything on the table. If you’d like to move across the country or take a job overseas, it’s important to make her aware of your ambitions before you propose. This can help lay the foundation for a trustworthy marriage and genuine support and appreciation for one another.

You’ve discussed finances

It’s okay if you want to leave some of your salary a mystery, but for the most part, the two of you should communicate about finances. You don’t want to leave her in the dark about credit card debt if you’re asking her to spend her life with you. After all, finances will come with you into your marriage–it’s helpful to be transparent about where you stand.

If you’re ready to plan a personalized proposal that brings your love story to life, The Heart Bandits can help you find a venue, decor, musicians, and more! Get started today.

Make sure you have a plan for hiding and protecting your engagement ring before you pop the question. These slim engagement ring boxes from Ring Stash are a great option!

Emily Barge

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