How to Let Your Partner Know You're Ready for a Proposal (in GIFs)

It doesn't need to happen right this instant, but here's how to plant the seed.
by The Knot

If marriage has been on your mind a lot lately (you know, more than the usual amount), maybe it's time to start "grooming" your partner to propose. Aside from leaving The Knot magazine out and your Pinterest board open, here are some other ways to help give your partner a hint (or three). 

  1. Make sure they know your worth.

    Odds are, they already know, but it doesn't hurt to remind them. Just don't turn it into an ultimatum.

  2. Slyly (and we mean very slyly) talk about your dream wedding.

    Maybe don't overwhelm them with photos of ice sculptures, wedding dresses and flowers (this isn't the time to worry about budget and logistics just yet). Instead, plant the seed by talking about how much you'd love an intimate wedding on the beach, for instance. 

  3. And give them a signal that you want more than to just "talk" about it.

    Aka, let them know you want them to take action. Eliminate their fear of rejection by giving them a signal that you're ready. (But maybe try something slightly more subtle than "I expect you on one knee by midnight of December 31.")

  4. Let them know what kind of ring you want.

    Ring shopping might be perplexing and terrifying for your partner. They'll probably see through your ruse, but by letting them know what kind of shape, setting and style you want, you're doing them a huge favor in the long run. 

  5. Be comfortable with giving them a little leeway.

    Take some of the pressure off. After all, you'll likely spend a lifetime together—does it really matter if you get engaged in December or June?

  6. Have an honest conversation.

    No games, no trickery. Again, without framing it as an ultimatum, talk about how you both envision your future together. Where is this going? When is this going? Try not to nail down a specific, concrete date—this takes away from the spontaneity and romance of a proposal—but you can have the conversation in broad strokes to make sure you're both (excitedly) on the same page. 

Up Next
Marilyn Monroe and Kate Middleton
10 Most Famous Engagement Rings in History
We rounded up 10 of our all-time favorite celebrity engagement rings that'll never go out of style.
by The Knot Editors5 min read