Are you in a long-term relationship and eager to take the next step? Maybe it’s time for that moment we’ve all been dreaming of, when your partner pops the big question. Still waiting for the ring but not sure how to hint for a proposal?
You don't need to be shy or awkward, there are plenty of subtle yet powerful ways you can nudge them in the right direction without making things too obvious.
This blog post will give you some tips and ideas on how to drop those hints and potentially get that much anticipated “yes”! Read on and find out what secrets you may uncover from our guide.
1. Talk about marriage expectations and goals
Marriage is a journey that requires an open and honest conversation about expectations and goals from both partners. It is a commitment that needs to be understood and embraced by both parties.
In order to build a strong and lasting relationship, it is important to talk about what each person expects from the marriage. Whether it's financial security, starting a family, or simply growing old together, both partners need to be on the same page.
It is also important to establish goals for the marriage, to ensure that both partners are working towards the same future together. Communication is key in any successful relationship and when it comes to marriage, it's even more important.
If you’ve never spoken about marriage before, your partner might not be aware about what it means to you and if this is something that you’re even thinking about.
2. Share stories about couples who recently got engaged
There's nothing sweeter than a good love story, and when it culminates in a proposal, the sweetness is simply unparalleled. By sharing stories about friends, colleagues, acquaintances and even celebrities that got engaged, you’ll plant the seed that you’ve got engagement on your mind.
This is also a perfect chance to drop hints about the kind of ring that you like. Try to frame this in a positive light, and focus on what you like rather than trashing the rings that you don’t like.
3. Let your partner know that you’re ready
Taking the next step in a relationship can be both an exciting and nerve-wracking experience. It's natural to feel unsure about how to broach the subject with your partner, but it's important to communicate your feelings openly and honestly. Your partner could be delaying because they’re simply afraid that you’ll say no.
Whether it's moving in together, getting engaged, or taking a more serious commitment, letting your partner know you're ready is a big moment. It shows that you value their presence in your life and are willing to take a step forward together.
Have the conversation in a comfortable and private setting, and be prepared to listen to their thoughts and feelings as well. With open communication and mutual respect, you and your partner can take the next step in your relationship with confidence and joy.
4. Wear jewellery that symbolises commitment
Wearing jewellery that symbolises commitment can be a beautiful way to express your love and devotion to someone special. It's a tangible reminder that you're committed to each other, and it can bring an extra layer of meaning to your relationship.
Whether it's a ring, a necklace, or a piece of clothing with special significance, there's something powerful about wearing an item that represents your commitment to your partner.
And not only does it feel good to wear it, but it can also show the world that you're taken and proud of it. So, if you're looking for a way to deepen your commitment and make it visible to the world, consider wearing something special that represents your love.
5. Discuss potential engagement rings
If you’re walking past a jewellery store and something catches your eye, share this discovery with your partner. There can be no greater hint that you’re ready for them to put a ring on it than stopping to admire a ring that you love.
Not only is this a helpful hint that you’re ready, but it also gives your partner a starting point for selecting the ideal engagement ring. If they’re really paying attention, they may just buy the one that you’ve already expressed an interest in.
6. Have a romantic night in and let them know how much you love them
There's nothing quite like a romantic night in with your significant other. Take the time to create a cosy and intimate atmosphere, complete with candles, dim lighting, and perhaps some soft music to set the mood.
Use this opportunity to express your love and affection for your partner in a meaningful way. Whether it's through a heartfelt conversation, a thoughtful gesture, or a love letter, let them know how much they mean to you and how much you appreciate them.
Show them that your love for them is unwavering and strong, even amidst the chaos of everyday life. If you have been falling into a routine lately, it can be helpful to reignite the romance and spark a conversation about your future.
It takes courage to take that first step towards stating your intentions, but it's worth it in the end. No matter how you decide to express your intentions, having that conversation about marriage expectations and goals, and leaning into each other’s stories will help create a safe space for both of you to talk openly.
It could be that your partner was already thinking about it, but worried that you weren’t on the same page. If this is the case, dropping hints might be all that you need to push them to take the next step in your relationship.
If getting married is a dealbreaker for you, you’ll need to consider what will happen next if your partner expresses a wish to stay unmarried, or that you are simply not the person they want to marry. If this happens, you need to be prepared to either accept this future, or walk away and find someone who shares your goals.