So it's come to the point in your relationship where you're ready to take it to the next step – the proposal. It's been a time of happiness, contentment and tranquillity between you and your significant other, so naturally, you'd like the bond of a marriage, starting with a proposal, to become a reality.
Of course, there are many things that you need to consider first, such as what type of ring will bring your partner absolute joy when you pop open that little velvet box (if you're going to show them the ring that way) or what size and cut suits them best.
Here are a few tips to help you out – once you've sorted out the minute details, from the occasion to the setting and finally the ring itself, it'll help to soothe any nerves you have and create the perfect moment to remember for many years, and hopefully decades, to come.
As with planning for anything, there are a few things you'll have to sort out first.
McCrindle's 2015 Marriages and Weddings Report found that 118, 962 couples tied the knot last year
It may not bring as much overwhelming delight to your heart, but finances play a big part in a proposal, let alone a wedding. An engagement ring alone will be a significant investment, whether you're planning on a big, momentous event or a quiet, intimate one.
And after that, there's the big day – the wedding. McCrindle's 2015 Marriages and Weddings Report finds that there has been a significant increase in the number of couples who tied the knot in the last decade, while the number of divorces are slowing down.
Did you know that the average Australian wedding costs AU$65,482? This is according to magazine Bride to Be's Cost of Love survey, from 2014-15, who also calculated that engagement and wedding rings combined made up an average of 15 per cent of that total cost.
However, don't let that dissuade you. A well-planned wedding will run to a budget, and is also a great opportunity to get out your craft supplies and whip up some DIY projects for your special day.
Choosing the right ring
The proposal is all about the both of you agreeing to spend the rest of your life together – it's a commitment, unification and cementing that bond by slipping that engagement ring onto the finger, a promise between two people deeply in love.
So, you'll want to make sure this goes off without a hitch, starting with the ring.
Take a look at your loved one's current jewellery collection – is it simple silver, glamorous gold, or a mix of both? It'll be a clear indication what style of ring to get them. Remember, it doesn't have to be a diamond ring – there are many colourful alternatives to consider.
For more tips about popping the question, take a look at our infographic below. Here's to you two, and your future together!
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