7 Signs Your Boyfriend Is About To Propose

Is your guy acting a little... different? It could be a sign of bling to come.

So your BF has suddenly become aware that you wear silver not gold, he’s saving money, and Friday night drinks with the guys has turned into date night with you? Either your guy is coming down with something, or he’s planning to pop the question. Read on for more telltale signs that he’s ready to say “I do.”

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Image: Images By Lou O’Brien

1) He’s outgrowing his single-dude weekends

You can tell a guy’s bachelor days are behind him when his number one priority is no longer himself. If he’s constantly using terms like “we” and “our,” and plans for a weekend with the guys on the Gold Coast are suddenly on the backburner while movie nights with you are becoming more common, he’s probably not just sick of his mates.  He might’ve realised that he prefers a more settled lifestyle, and this transition puts him squarely on the path to proposing.

2) He’s redecorating

You may also notice certain items, like his Star Wars memorabilia, have disappeared from your pad (or at least prime position in the living room). Did he ditch that ugly brown chair and agree to hit up IKEA for a nice new couch? It could be the start of major changes — your boyfriend is making more room in his life for you, both physically and emotionally.

3) He’s stashing some serious coin

Has your boyfriend gone from big spender to scrooge? He’s stopped going on about that gazillion-inch plasma screen TV he’d been eyeing , and instead of buying rounds of drinks at happy hour after work, he’s home cooking dinner. Nope, he’s not training for MasterChef; he’s started to eliminate frivolous spending to brace for a large down payment (on your engagement ring). And it’s not just the jewellery he’s saving for — he may be putting away money now so that the two of you will be comfortable well into the future.

4) He’s not complaining about weddings

Lately, when you guys are at a wedding together, it’s more than just the usual eagerness for an open bar. He’s not cracking jokes during the vow exchange — he’s commenting on the couple’s first-dance song choice and the meal selection. Take it as a sign that he’s paying attention to all things wedding-related – because matrimony is on his mind.

5) He’s taken an interest in your jewellery

Has he been complimenting accessories? Snooping around in your jewellery box? Holding up your hand, examining the size of your finger? Well, when your favourite ring goes missing, you’ll know for sure that he’s trying to find a covert way to figure out your size.

6) He wants to meet the parents

OK, so he’s probably already met your parents a fair few times. But if he hasn’t (say they live overseas) and has become insistent on meeting them, it’s probably for a good reason. Or, if he already knows them well, you may notice he’s suddenly become the first to RSVP for your nephew’s birthday party, jumps at the chance for a weekend visit with your parents, or, even more telling, tries to plan outings for both your families to hang out together… chances are he’s ready for the next step.

7) He’s acting out of character

You know his daily routine inside and out, and any variation is enough to give you pause. If he’s super-insistent that you guys do something you never do (like take a walk through a park or driving to a sentimental place to watch the sunset), he may be setting you up to speak those four little words: “Will you marry me?”

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by The Knot



  1. What if you want a romantic proposal and you have developed into discussions about getting married anyway so its not really a suprise that he wants to get engaged and you have both found a ring ? how does the proposal become special ifyou have slipped into it ?

  2. Actually a lot of the time the moment gets spoilt by pressure. We are told as guys to plan the romantic moment, to get it right for her, but most of the time from ones I know it gets ruined by constant pressure to hurry up. I know as with the time I had palnned it all, and in the end it did not happen due to my now ex, pressuring to have the ring on her finger, so I was not able to do that, only to be complained at for not doing it, so I advise a lot of co-wrker women, about what happened, so they realise allow him to pull the plan off, don’t pressure to the point it recks the moment, paitients is needed, and when you consider a matter of weeks compaired to years, where is the stress, relax, enjoy the moment, it is supposed to be about the relationship, not the ring on the finger, that is just a symbol to what the reality is, so step back, enjoy the relationship, and it will happen before you realise.

  3. I’m not so sure about these 7 signs.
    My partner and I have lived together for 4 years of our 5 year relationship. It has always be we and our, we don’t spend big because we are saving for our first house, he has never complained about weddings and has always been a feature at my family get togethers as I at his.
    We work different shifts (me day and he night) so I wouldn’t know if he is snooping in my jewellery box and neither of us have time to really be out of character.
    I don’t think these signs work for every relationship which is a bit disappointing.

  4. My partner proposed in bed when I was asleep, and you know what? It was romantic and perfect, because it was my guy dedicating his life to me. Lists like this put far too much pressure on guys to make it perfect – it’s about the rest of your lives together and that definitely ain’t going to be perfect.

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