18 Stages of Getting Engaged, As Told By Rom-Com GIFs

It's like 'The Proposal' ...in real life.
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Sarah Hanlon
sarah hanlon associate editor the knot
Sarah Hanlon
Associate Editor
  • Sarah is an Associate Digital Editor for The Knot, with special focuses in fashion, pop culture and wedding trends.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Sarah was a contributing writer for Bravo at NBC Universal.
  • Sarah has a degree in journalism and resides in New York City.
Updated Dec 18, 2019

If you're not so patiently awaiting a proposal, you know just how agonizing it can be to anticipate the special moment. And what better way to illustrate all the nerve-wracking, exciting and downright exhilarating stages of getting engaged than through a roundup of perfectly relatable rom-com GIFs?

Romantic comedies have given us some of the most iconic movie moments. Seriously, who can forget Andie Anderson's journalistic quest for love or Harry and Sally's stop at Katz's Deli? There's a reason you love to curl up and re-watch the same romantic comedy over and over again—not only is it familiar, there's some aspect you can relate to. So, as you await your own proposal (or reminisce back on your engagement), let these classic rom-com GIFs take you through every stage of saying "Yes" to your soulmate.

You come to the realization that your partner is, in fact, your soulmate.

So you start to envision your wedding…

…and remember you need an engagement first.

So, you plan out all the ways to drop hints—even if your friends think you're crazy for it.

You mention that you favorite celebrity has your dream ring.

And the next time you're at a wedding, you can't help but talk about how yours will be so much better.

And you aren't enthused when your partner jokes about forgoing marriage altogether.

Then, when you plan your next romantic date night you get a funny feeling that it might happen. (And you can barely control your excitement.)

So, you get your nails done and wear your favorite Instagram-ready outfit.

But then it doesn't happen, and you pretend that you aren't crushed.

But deep down, you're getting tired of waiting.

So, you consider taking matters into your own hands.

And then, when you least expect it, the proposal happens.

(And it catches you totally off-guard.)

And after you say "Yes," it's time to celebrate with your loved ones.

(But not before you tease your partner for taking too long.)

And when you finally get to relax at the end of the day...

You realize you've got a wedding to plan.

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