A milestone in any person’s lifetime, engagement signals that you are both content and happy to settle down for the long haul with that one special person. Although it is traditionally a man’s job to do the asking, here in the 21st century more and more women are feeling up to this task of tasks. Here’s a list of 10 methods you could consider if you’re thinking of making the leap anytime soon.
10. The Classic
Called so for a reason, god only knows how long the classic method has been employed by a nervous lovebird over the millennia. Instructions are as follows: get down on one knee, presents box with HUGE precious ring inside and then utter those 4 short words. Pretty simple, right? I know the methods inclusion on this list won’t exactly trigger an unstoppable wave of inspiration, as everyone is aware of it- however it’s still one to be considered.
9. With a Note
If you’re the shy type and feel those pesky nerves may get in the way of your perfect one kneed moment, then a noted option may just be for you. The precise mechanics of the notes delivery can be left up to yourself, whether you leave it in an obvious place to be discovered by your partner or just hand it to them and bust out the ring, eloquent language is a must. Poems however are completely optional.
8. With a Cake
This option is one that’s often talked about, however whether it actually gets used for real is a different matter altogether. The premise is simple- take your partner out for dinner and when it’s time for dessert, have a waiter bring over a cake with your proposal iced onto the top. Despite requiring a little prior arrangement, this option is not only extremely tasty but charming too. Also, the added dimension of it being a public place reduces your chances of rejections by a HUGE amount.
7. Take Out a Newspaper Ad
If your partner is a committed reader of the papers (a characteristic which admittedly is becoming more rare), then why not take out some column space to propose? Local publications are of course preferable due to money related issues, however the staff at most papers are usually happy to help figure out something suitable for any budget. This option ranks quite high in the popularity department, with straight forward and more cryptic routes both available- and completely to your discretion.
6. A Game of Hangman
If err…Hangman is a big or relevant aspect of your relationship, you could always use the game as a vessel for your proposal. The idea is very simple and requires only a piece of paper, a pencil and the sacred hangman know-how to pull off effectively. Admittedly, it probably sounds a lot smoother on paper than it would be in practice- but it’s certainly worth consideration, hence it’s placement at a healthy number 6 on this list.