You found love—whether it was in high school, college through a common acquaintance, or on a dating app—and now it’s time to make it last. However, as we’re sure you’re aware, thinking out how to propose is a significant undertaking (hello, shopping for a ring and memorizing that speech).
We enlisted the help of proposal planner Alexandra Uritis to ensure your long-awaited moment go as smoothly as possible. Uritis weighs in on the top 13 things to remember before getting down on one knee.
This may sound self-evident, but make sure you’re both thinking about marriage before you start plotting. Discuss the future with your partner. Tell them you want to marry one day and ask whether they see marriage in their future as well. Are you worried that this chat will come across as too much like a proposal? Keep it broad by talking about your closest friend’s recent engagement as a lead-in. Is this a difficult conversation? Yes. But maybe you’ll have a better notion of what your partner will say when you open the ring box as a result of it.