It’s the beginning of another wonderful year with your love and your heart still fills with a million butterflies and at the exact same time, is full of peace. You’ve developed a new appreciation for life with your love, whether that means slowing down to smell the roses or picking up the pace and diving into new experiences you wouldn’t have without them. When you think about your future, your partner is there and you know what that means. You’ve done it! You’ve found your forever! Now you know it’s time to ask that all important question and buy that all important ring. But it’s also February, so what do you do? Follow the traditional route and pop the question on Valentine’s Day or choose to be different? Don’t worry, we’re here to help.
1. Consider your partner’s personality.
It seems obvious, but it’s a commonly overseen detail in the excitement of planning a proposal. Does your fiancé-to-be swoon at the thought of having a crowd cheer them on? Or does your partner love the intimate outings that only the two of you share? Do the outdoors make them come alive or does the latest restaurant opening get them up and moving? Don’t embarrass your wallflower with a public proposal if what they really crave is a home cooked meal with the one they love. Extroverted sentimentalists will adore the ultimate public display of affection, so what better day to announce your love than on the day of love? Honoring where your partner feels the most comfortable is the type of consideration that they will always hold dear when they think back to this special moment. Not sure where to begin when considering their style? Keep it simple with a solitaire diamond engagement ring that can be upgraded through the years.
2. Ask yourself who really needs to be there.
If your partner is always looking forward to the next family gathering, or calls their parent, siblings, cousins, etc. at the end of the day, you may need to consider incorporating them into this event. If they live long distance, take the time to plan ahead and reach out to them. If the contact is constant, there’s a sure sign they’d almost expect to be invited. On the flipside, if your lone wolf isn’t the type to reach out to friends and family day in and day out, keep this moment between the two of you. If you do choose to invite the whole family, make sure your venue choice can accommodate large groups discreetly for the ultimate surprise, and most definitely call at least 3 months ahead to discuss the proposal plan with the business whether it’s a restaurant, theatre or other public venue. Valentine’s Day brings extra traffic, business and crowds, so be aware of how your partner feels about those details and think through the added responsibility of coordinating family and friends, too. If it seems like too much, consider a gorgeous set of diamond stud earrings, diamond or colored stone pendant, or pearls to express your love and skip the big event this year.
3. What does your partner expect, need and deserve?
If your partner is a holiday buff who yearns for any reason to decorate your home, Valentine’s Day is a perfect proposal option. If your partner’s holiday season wasn’t the merriest this year, exceed their expectations and pop that question! If your partner marches to the beat of their own drum, maybe skip this year’s Valentine’s Day and choose a day special to them that isn’t so conventional. Whichever day you choose, we encourage you to listen to your partner, consider their needs and let us help you choose the best diamond engagement ring to say “I do” with.