Marriage Proposals: 7 Signs He’s About to Propose

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

His apartment is clean, he’s saving money, and Thursday 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.”

He’s Growing out of His Bachelor Ways

You can tell his 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 back burner while weekend walks with you are becoming more common, he’s probably not just sick of his buddies.  He might’ve realised that he prefers a more settled lifestyle, and this transition puts him squarely on the path to proposing.

He’s Redecorating

You may also notice certain items have disappeared from his pad, like his girly posters and Star Wars memorabilia. Did he ditch that ugly brown chair for a nice new couch? It could be the start of major changes — your boyfriend is making room in his life for you, both physically and emotionally.

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He’s Curbing Big Purchases

Has your boyfriend gone from big spender to Scrooge? The plasma-screen TV he’d been planning to buy isn’t hanging over his mantel, and instead of buying rounds of drinks at happy hour after work, he’s home cooking dinner. No, he’s not training for Master Chef; 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.

He’s Not Complaining About Weddings

While 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.

He’s Taken an Interest in Your Jewellery

Has he been complimenting your great ability to accessorise? Snooping around in your jewellery box? Holding your hand, constantly? All kidding aside, 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.

He Wants to Meet the Parents

Okay, so he’s probably already met your parents. If he hasn’t and has become insistent on meeting them, it’s probably for a good reason. But if he already knows them well and has 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, he’s ready for the next step.

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 drive to a place to watch the sunset), he may be setting you up to speak those four little words: “Will you marry me?” After all that hard work, be sure to make it easy on him and say yes!

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  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.

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