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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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?”
Did you suspect your guy was about to propose, Wedding Clubbers?
by The Knot