Surprise Her. . Real women revealed their wish list for getting engaged. Guys, this is your cheat sheet to a great marriage proposal. If you’re a guy who’s just decided to propose to his girlfriend, you’re sure to feel nervous and worry about how to do it the “right way.” Getting engaged is a huge milestone. It means you’re about to embark upon the next chapter of your lives, so before you get down on one knee, read these do’s and don’ts of traditional marriage proposals.
Acceptance of the proposal is not compulsory in Western culture; a woman may decline a proposal for various reasons, and may not declare what the reasons are. If the woman accepts the proposal, she will typically assent to the man verbally and wear the ring during the time leading up to the wedding, known as the engagement.
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Since your girlfriend probably has her own dream marriage proposal ideas, you may be tempted to ask her for guidance on how to pop the question. Don’t do it. Keep your plans under wraps—she’d much prefer that you come up with a plan, any plan, than ask for her input. The surprise factor is key. Even if you went engagement ring shopping together, or if she’s suspicious that a proposal is imminent, your lady wants to be caught off guard when you get down on one knee. A whopping 90 percent of women say they do not want to be involved in the planning of their engagements (after all, they need to save up all their planning energies for the year of wedding prep that awaits), and only 4 percent dismissed the “surprise factor” as unimportant.
Pick the Right Location
The spot you choose for the special moment can make or break the mood, and if you think that having a waiter bury the ring in a gooey dessert is a good idea, listen up. More than half of women we surveyed would not want to be proposed to in a restaurant. (As for the dessert thing: Diamonds really have been swallowed, and it isn’t worth the trip to the ER!) The top three spots our girls said they’d prefer: On vacation, at the site of your first date, or at a local landmark. Home was a close runner-up, but somebody else’s home (your parents’, a friend’s) was deemed a bad idea. And although this should hopefully go without saying, the majority of women wouldn’t want to be proposed to at a sports stadium (a tip-off that your girlfriend is one of the 11 percent who would: She cherishes her collection of team jerseys more than any handbag). Here are a few other ideas of where to propose.
Say the Words, “Will You Marry Me?”
Yes, you’ll be nervous, but don’t forget to get on bended knee and use the right lingo. Nearly 90 percent of women said they want their future grooms to put their kneecap to the ground as they ask the question. And no matter what you say—even if you’ve written her an epic poem or composed a rock ballad in her honor—it’s essential that you finish with the precise words: “Will you marry me?” If you’ve paid attention to our proposal pointers, you’re certain to get the answer you’re hoping for (plus a passionate display that your proposal passed muster).