Propose to your man: Sincere not soppy
Ladies, the main thing to remember is that it’s a guy you’re proposing to, so don’t overwhelm and smother him with romance. It shouldn’t be the overly-romantic proposal you see in films; it needs to appeal to the male psyche. So that means no roses, no fairy lights and no Bublé. Of course, classy components like champagne and candlelight are acceptable, but just don’t push it!
Propose to your man: Bling it up
At first glance you may think this is shallow or a form of bribery, but if the proposal was the other way around, you would expect a big sparkler, wouldn’t you? Proposing to your man with the promise of a new watch may be a nice way to seal the deal, or if you’re after a bit of ingenuity, then nothing says commitment like a dog or a boy’s toy such as a motorbike.
Propose to your man: The way to his heart
We all know the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so it makes sense to assume that cooking his favourite meal will be sure to make him fall in love with you all over again and will open his eyes to your caring and loving ways. If you’re no whizz in the kitchen, then opt for a picnic or treat him to a meal at his favourite restaurant. Or if he’s a laidback lad then simply order a pizza and pop the question at home.
Propose to your man: His favourites
A proposal is one of the most personal and cherished moments a person can experience, so it’s important to include as many unique and personalised aspects as you can. Consider his favourite things, such as places, food, drink and music. Perhaps take him to the place of your first kiss or memorable holiday destination. This will show that you know him inside out so let his favourite things be the basis of your choices.
Propose to your man: Stand tall
It’s estimated that nine per cent of proposals are from women to men, but it’s important to note that you need not mimic the traditional bended knee proposal. The whole point of a female proposal is that it’s out of the ordinary, so don’t feel you have to play the role of the man and instead be yourself. Besides, it’s not the most flattering or elegant pose for a woman. So stand tall and look him in the eye, ladies.
Propose to your man: Private moment
Like in the movies, you may imagine yourself in an atmospheric restaurant being applauded once you say ‘yes’ to your doting man, but he will probably have had a quieter moment in mind. Men don’t tend to like the same attention and fuss as women so keep it low key to avoid embarrassment. Take Bill Withers’ classic Just the Two of Us as your inspiration and arrange a private proposal – no big screens at a sports game in sight.
Propose to your man: Don’t rush
Many women can become impatient waiting for their fella to propose to them, but beating them to it just to satisfy your boredom isn’t the best idea. The reason he may be holding off is because he isn’t ready for the commitment. Make sure you’ve read the signs and know that it’s what you both want. It’s easy to get swept up in emotion but a proposal shouldn't be an ultimatum.
Propose to your man: Laid back
Guys are notoriously laidback compared to women, so going with the flow is key when proposing to a man. Planning the proposal to the nth degree and not allowing for leeway isn’t ideal when men are involved. Imagine making him miss out on a sports game or beers with the boys so you can whisk him off to propose; the teasing he’ll get won’t be worth it and you never want to be labelled the pyscho-bride by his friends.
Propose to your man: Fun times
Many guys are just big kids at heart so why not tap into this ego and propose while doing a fun activity like zorbing, white water rafting, paintballing or even while on a roller coaster? Men enjoy novelty and excitement so making the proposal fun will be a sure way to his heart. If you’re planning on pushing the boat out further, taking him somewhere über cool such as Las Vegas may also work wonders.
Propose to your man: Stolen thunder
On a final note, an important thing to remember is to go about the proposal tentatively. The last thing you want to do is deflate his masculinity and steal his thunder as, after all, traditionally it is the man who pops the question. Despite it being estimated that 80 per cent of men accept a proposal from their girl, some men may feel threatened so make sure you go about it the right way.