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6 Expert Tips for the Perfect Proposal

Whether it’s a slow burn or a head-first free fall, falling in love is a rollercoaster of emotion. Every day brings with it new joy. Snuggling up on the couch to watch your favourite movie, the “me too”s that emerge as you get to know each other more and more...there’s really nothing like it.

Then one day, you’ll look over at your partner and realise...they’re The One. They might be dressed to the nines or in their pj’s eating a piece of toast - it doesn’t matter. You’ve decided they’re the person you want to have and to hold.

So, you’re going to propose. Eeek!

What do you do? What do you say? How can you make it the best it can be?

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At Gerard McCabe, we help many anxious fiances to have their dream proposal. As Adelaide engagement ring specialists, we have been a part of our fair share of love stories.

To help make your proposal magical, here are some tried and true pieces of advice for popping the question.

Ensure You and Your Partner Are on the Same Page

This doesn’t mean ruining the surprise. Your proposal can absolutely be spur of the moment. But while the proposal may be unexpected, the answer shouldn’t be.

Before you pop the question, have an open and honest conversation with your fiance-to-be about the future.

Not only is this really important for getting the answer you’re hoping for, it can also help you to shape the proposal itself. For example, if your partner isn’t into public displays of affection, having an over the top public proposal complete with 12 white doves might not be the way to go.

“Make sure you love the person, firstly, then make sure you know the person as well. That would be the most important thing. And then to find that moment that will remain special." - Michael Philpots-Green, Gerard McCabe

Decide on a Location

The next step to planning your perfect proposal is to pick the location. There are loads of romantic places that you can pop the question. What about the restaurant where you had your first date? Or your favourite park? Think back on your relationship and see if there are any moments that stand out in sentimentality.

Yet even with the most immaculate attention to detail, sometimes it doesn’t go as planned. Your partner might not want to go to that location, or it might not be possible to get there. As such, have a think about some other locations that you would like to have as settings to your proposal. That way, if one doesn’t work out, it won’t throw your plan out the window.

Know What You Want to Say

While spontaneous proposals are incredibly joyous, it’s always wise to have a bit of a game plan.

Before you propose to your love, take a moment to think about what you really want to say to them.

What it is about them that makes your heart flutter. How even though they’re a blanket hog in bed, you want to battle it out for warmth every night for the rest of your life.

Proposing is an incredible but nerve-racking experience, so having some key points pre-planned will help you nail it.

“I was in this situation a year ago, when my (now husband) proposed to me. It was such a wonderful time. All I can tell you is to relax, enjoy it! Try not to stress out so much. If you prepare yourself to the fullest extent possible then there is less chance of you freaking out and you can properly take it all in and enjoy the moment.” - Viktoriia Puryk, Gerard McCabe

Find Your Partner’s Ring Size

The last thing you want when you ask the big question is for the ring to not physically fit on your fiance’s finger. Before you start the hunt for a beautiful diamond ring, find out what your partner’s ring size is.

Now, this doesn’t mean ushering them into a jeweller to measure their ring size. Even with a blindfold and earmuffs, the jig will be up.

Instead, download a free ring sizing chart to be your guide.

At Gerard McCabe, our free Ring Sizing Chart comes with a handy cut out as well as size guides, so you can ensure your selection fits like a glove.

Download Your Free Ring Sizing Chart

“Plan ahead and get the ring early. Find out their finger size. That gives you time for us to create the ring in advance. Most gentlemen are pretty good, they come in having done a fair bit of homework. The other thing is to look at our website and blog; there is some really handy info there for those who are just starting. Then you can get more comfortable with coming into the store after that." - Justin McCabe, Gerard McCabe

Find the Perfect Ring

Last but certainly not least, it’s time to find a ring that will bring happy tears to your partner’s eyes.

If you’re not sure what style your soon-to-be fiance will like, why not ask their mum or best friend for advice? They know your partner better than anyone, and will remember that one time 5 years ago when they saw a ring in a magazine and said they loved it. Just make sure they can keep the amazing news a secret!

Otherwise, you can get an idea of their preferred style by looking at your partner’s current jewellery selection.

At Gerard McCabe, our Adelaide engagement ring specialists are experts in helping you to find your dream ring, and will happily help you to translate their current selections into the perfect engagement ring.

Pop the Question!

Now that all the planning is done, it’s time to pop the question! Don’t hold back, and remember - while the lead-up might be nerve-racking, the love, joy and celebration that will erupt afterwards will be well worth the wait.  

At Gerard McCabe, we want to help you to have a magnificent proposal. Explore our range of stunning Adelaide engagement rings, or book an engagement ring consultation today.

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We can create bespoke tailored rings to fit your specifications. So pop into one of our jewellery stores in Adelaide for your dream ring consultation.