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How to ask about engagement rings without proposing

I'd like to ask my SO to marry me. I'd like to get her a ring. I'd like to have her input on the ring. I'd like to have the ring before the proposal. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by Hactar on Dec 22, 2016 - 48 answers

Not enthused about sibling's engagement. What to say?

My older brother just proposed to his girlfriend of ~1 year. Red flags have gone off at every turn in his rapidly-progressing relationship with her. Yesterday, he sent a message to me and my parents announcing his intentions to propose, and then it happened before I got a chance to talk with him. My question is, how do I respond to him? More details and a TWIST! inside. [more inside]
posted by Slater Sheldahl on Jun 13, 2016 - 61 answers

In need of logistical help to pull off a Movie-style marriage proposal!

I have a running joke with my girlfriend regarding an over-elaborate way that I want to propose to her, what I'd love to do is catch her completely off-guard by actually pulling it off! [more inside]
posted by 777 on Feb 18, 2016 - 23 answers

Should I break up with my cold-footed boyfriend? If so, how?

I am 28, female. My boyfriend is 27. We’ve been dating for almost 2 years. He has consistently talked about marriage, “someday when we’re married” etc. and I don’t doubt he really meant it in the moment. But, as seems pretty typical, I get the feeling that his “someday” really means “after you’ve dated me for 5-6 years and we’re both 31.” I don’t want to wait that long. [more inside]
posted by stockpuppet on Feb 4, 2016 - 72 answers

People who have been proposed to: Did you want downtime after?

After 4 years of happy dating, I'm taking the plunge and asking the lady friend to marry me. We've discussed it in the past, so it's not out of left field, but she doesn't know that I've got a ring in hand. Now, her birthday is in a few weeks and my plan was this: Scavenger Hunt fun that ends with a proposal and then after we've had our little bliss, the last surprise: Our friends and family gathered for a surprise birthday party/omg -lemme-see-the-ring party. I told a friend about the plan and she looked at me like I was crazy. She insisted that after her engagement she just wanted private time to chill and bask and that I was going to be putting my beloved in a weird place. So- If you've been proposed to, does that plan seem out of line? Did you want chill, private time after? Obviously, everyone is different, but I wanted to hear it from the Hivemind. Thoughts/concerns?
posted by anonymous on Mar 17, 2015 - 70 answers

How do I know when the time is right to propose?

Help me figure out what I need to know before proposing to my girlfriend. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 7, 2014 - 19 answers

How to Deal with Maybe-Possible-Impending Marriage Proposal

My boyfriend and I have been together for a little under 3 years, and we have lived together for over one year. We are in our late twenties. We are extremely compatible 90% of the time, have so much fun together, are mutually supportive, generally very communicative, and love each other deeply. We get along with each others' families, we travel and live well together, and we share so many interests. I am ready to marry the man, and he is maybe/kinda/sorta ready to marry me. Ouch! [more inside]
posted by tentwentythirty on Feb 22, 2013 - 57 answers

Where do I stand after my feeble attempt at a marriage proposal?

I asked my boyfriend if he wanted to marry me and he said 'why not'. Now what? [more inside]
posted by TMBelair on Dec 11, 2012 - 50 answers

Christmas Proposal Ideas?

Little help with Christmas proposal ideas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 8, 2012 - 13 answers

Prospective father-in-law rejected marriage proposal request. What now?

I asked my girlfriend's father for permission to marry her and got shot down. What now? [more inside]
posted by daeken on Jul 17, 2012 - 86 answers

This Proposal Is Over Starting Right Now

How do you cope with waiting for a proposal that isn't likely to come? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 13, 2012 - 36 answers

What's the proper etiquette to ask for a parent's permission/blessing to marry her daughter?

Proper etiquette to ask parent's permission/blessing for marriage [more inside]
posted by massysett on Jun 26, 2012 - 40 answers

How can I get past a disappointing marriage proposal?

How do I get over feeling disappointment in the way that my boyfriend proposed, and just enjoy being engaged? And also, how do I overcome the shame associated with being disappointed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 28, 2012 - 88 answers

Ring? Check. Girlfriend? Check. Now what do I do?

Me and my girlfriend are going to get engaged in a couple of weeks and both decided that we would rather avoid a formal proposal. Instead, we will spend a day together at the beach and magically emerge engaged. Given the fact that the surprise quirky engagement is off the table, any ideas for how I can make this an even-less forgettable day? Bonus question: What are the technical things that you regret missing from when you got engaged? More pictures? Who to tell first? What am I missing?
posted by anonymous on May 6, 2012 - 18 answers


Surprise marriage proposal filter, askee edition: how did you handle it and what did you notice your spouse doing a lot of before he/she proposed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2012 - 20 answers

Is it normal to get cold feet this early?

My boyfriend and I are in our late 20's and we've been together for almost three years. We've talked a lot about marriage (both casually and seriously), and we've both been enthusiastic about it. I'm getting the feeling that he may propose soon, and suddenly I feel nervous about it. I think I'm just generally scared of making such a big life decision. I know it's normal for people to get pre-wedding jitters, but what about pre-engagement? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 3, 2011 - 14 answers

Our love will last forever, or until Lotrimin is applied topically for 2-4 weeks.

Hopefully-soon-to-be-fiance can't wear rings. What should I do instead? [more inside]
posted by Garm on Oct 28, 2011 - 28 answers

I'm going to propose; is there a particular way I should do so?

I've got the ring. I've got the location where I plan to ask the question. Now what do I actually say? [more inside]
posted by asnider on Oct 7, 2011 - 45 answers

Pre-engagement wondering madness

How can I stop wondering whether my boyfriend will propose during our romantic getaway? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 16, 2011 - 32 answers

Help me propose!

Help Me Propose! (In Chicago) [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 on Jun 23, 2011 - 20 answers

If I can't live with her for a couple of days, how will I make until death do us part?

I want to propose to my long-distance girlfriend this weekend, but I have some lingering doubts. The opportunity for a special/romantic proposal is coming soon, so I know that if I don't pop the question then, it will be too late. I don't have a ring, and I'm not sure if I should get one. But I have a few doubts that I would feel better hearing other people's opinions on... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 5, 2011 - 48 answers

What should I say for my geeky marriage proposal?

What should I say for my geeky marriage proposal? [more inside]
posted by BadCat! on Mar 24, 2011 - 23 answers

I do or I don't?

Help me solve a disagreement about an unlikely hypothetical situation: the public marriage proposal. [more inside]
posted by halseyaa on Dec 20, 2010 - 26 answers

I want to get engaged, not proposaled.

My boyfriend and I (a woman) have been dating for less than a year. I want to propose marriage to him, but I want to do my due diligence first. What do I need to do, other than wait? In the same way that people say you should focus on the marriage, not the wedding, I want to focus on the engagement, not the proposal. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2010 - 27 answers

Proposals/Marriage: Does the subsuming feeling of "I'm lying to myself" mean something's wrong?

Proposals/Marriage: Does the subsuming feeling of "I'm lying to myself" mean something's wrong? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 18, 2010 - 24 answers

Proposal scenario and ring for 'alternative' girlfriend?

Calling all 'alternative' girls! I need some advice on how to propose to my girlfriend (I'm male). Expensive gifts don't impress her, and her tastes are more 'classic' than the norm. I love how she is, but my tastes are much more modern. I'd like to do (and offer) something unique and unforgettable but can't figure out what. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 23, 2010 - 32 answers

I don't want to force the issue, but if I don't it will never happen.

I want to get married. He doesn't. We're at an impasse. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 23, 2009 - 72 answers

Propose or hint?

[Proposal Filter] We've lived together for 7 years, been together for 9. We've discussed the future, kids, plans, etc. I was always okay with our living-in-sin/unmarried status until recently. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 4, 2008 - 34 answers

Proposing in New York

ProposalFilter: I'm proposing in New York City tomorrow, can a New Yorker or someone with good city knowledge make sure my plan will work alright? [more inside]
posted by jpcody on Dec 13, 2007 - 28 answers

Una pregunta muy importante

What is the appropriate way to ask one's future father-in-law for his blessing to propose to his daughter, in Spanish? (asking for blessing in Spanish, not proposing in Spanish). This is urgent. [more inside]
posted by jewishbuddha on Nov 15, 2007 - 11 answers

How sure should I be before I say yes?

How sure should I be before accepting a marriage proposal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 10, 2007 - 63 answers

Second chances: how can I propose marriage, again, to my wife?

How can I propose [again] to my wife? [more inside]
posted by RikiTikiTavi on Mar 1, 2007 - 15 answers

Big Apple Proposal

After asking this, and this, I am headed to NYC to pop the question under the guise of a shopping trip. She doesn't have a clue! She suggested the trip, and I thought it would be a perfect time and place to do it. I know what I am going to do and say, I just don't know where to do it. Where should I pop the question in New York City in the wintertime. Because I don't want to tip her off, and because the weather being what it is, I need spontaneous options that are both inside and outside venues. It can be amongst the public, but I wouldn't want it to be a spectacle. Examples would be the skating rink at Central Park or glancing at a piece of art at the Met. I do not want to do it over dinner. I am looking for spectacular indoor and outdoor venues that will not require reservations, long lines, or the possibility of going pear-shaped. Help me compliment my proposal with a spectacular backdrop in NYC.
posted by jasondigitized on Feb 2, 2007 - 46 answers

Ideas for a special proposal

My girlfriend and I have decided to get married. Rather then try to guess what she'd really like, we went down to the jewelery store together and picked out an engagement ring design together. It's currently being 'built'. Since she knows she's getting the ring and she knows what it will look like, I'd like to find a way to 'offically' propose when the ring is ready that will surprise her. I've also thought it would be nice to get her an early wedding gift, so there's an additional surprise. I'm looking for advice wherever I can find it. Considering the situation, does anyone have any ideas? [more inside]
posted by pathighgate on Jan 18, 2007 - 51 answers


Beautiful, quiet, or out-of-the-way locations in San Diego one might go to should they want a special place to propose to someone? [more inside]
posted by Bageena on Dec 26, 2006 - 7 answers

"Secret marriage" sounds so skeevy...

What are the practical repercussions of getting married and not telling anyone? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 20, 2006 - 31 answers

With these twenty-six letters...

Popping the question with movable type (not Movable Type). [more inside]
posted by avocet on Oct 30, 2006 - 22 answers

I want to marry your daughter

After great advice on the green I am getting close to asking Rachel to marry me! I have met her parents and we get along extremely well. The problem is that I would like to ask her father for his blessing but he is 2000 miles from me and I most likely will not see him for a while. What is the classiest way to ask for his daughter's hand in marriage without doing it face-to-face?
posted by jasondigitized on Oct 24, 2006 - 45 answers

Marriage, nerd-style

NerdProposalFilter: Looking for a creative way to ask my boyfriend to marry me, via World of Warcraft. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 21, 2006 - 8 answers

Prolific Proposal

What is the coolest / most unique / romantic marriage proposal you have ever heard of? A friend of mine is trying to come up with ideas on how to propose and I would like to tell him a few awesome anecdotes.
posted by jasondigitized on Apr 5, 2006 - 30 answers

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