How do you know it is time to go out and buy that diamond ring and pop the question? Be aware of the subtle hints that she is giving you and these five signs that she is waiting for you to propose, Or want an Engagement Ring.
If you have been in a relationship for quite some time, then you may be starting to think that it is time to take things to the next level. But how do you know that your girlfriend is ready to commit? After all, there is nothing more of a relationship killer than making a proposal that is turned down.
Statistics may not be on your side either – it is a common belief that men are more reluctant to commit, but studies show that men actually fall in love faster and crave long term relationships just as much as women.
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1. She Seems Obsessed With Other People Getting Married
Did your girlfriend show a bordering on unhealthy interest in the royal wedding?
Does she spend most of her weekends watching Four Weddings and a Funeral on repeat?
Does she show you photos on Facebook of her friends from school and her distant cousins getting married?
If she is showing signs of “wedding fever” or constantly talking about so and so who just got engaged or is planning her wedding, it is a good sign that she is actually thinking of her own wedding.
If she favors a particular celebrity, pay attention. You can get some good ideas for engagement rings by following the styles that are popular with the people she follows.
When you reach a certain age, it can feel like you are attending a friend’s wedding every other month. If this is the case, your girlfriend is sure to have noticed too, and may well have started wondering when it is going to be her turn. See how she reacts to receiving wedding invitations and seeing other people’s engagement notifications on social media channels. If she regularly brings it up, it is a good sign that it is on her mind.
2. Her Pinterest Account is Full of Wedding Rings and Dresses
Your significantly other Pinterest account is not only a great place to get a sneak peek on what she is interested in at the moment but also gives you an insight into her personal styles and taste. This will come in very handy if you want to surprise her with a ring and need a little help choosing the perfect design!
Some women start wedding planning before they have even had a proposal, by creating specific Pinterest boards with images of wedding decorations and reception locations, wedding and bridesmaid dresses, and engagement rings. If your girlfriend has already got a head start on her planning, you might need to start planning which rings you are going to buy too!
Keep an eye on her other social media accounts too – she might have joined a Facebook group or brides to be or maybe following wedding planners and decorators on Instagram.
Nicholas Hardy from Nic Hardy Counseling shares his experience as-” Pinterest is the go-to for everything ideas related, and often the first stop when exploring that she is in the market for rings. However, because she does not want you to know, these boards are probably labeled private.
I asked my girlfriend to send me a few ideas of potential rings, and within the next minute, I had five examples in my inbox. She had a private Pinterest board already queued.”
3. She Keeps Talking About Your Future Together
One sure-fire way to know that your girlfriend is thinking about your future life as a married couple is that she will bring future scenarios up in conversation.
She might ask you how many children you see yourself having, talk about buying a house together, or invite you into her daydreams about the exotic honeymoon locations.
This further planning is a natural way to show its time to really commit and take the next step in your relationship. You can even use this as an opportunity to make sure that you share the same values and make essential life decisions that you will want to agree on before you vow to spend the rest of your lives together.
Alastair Smith from Ringspo says-“For me, the biggest hints were when my girlfriend (now wife!) started commenting on celebrity engagement rings when they were featured in the news. ‘That’s too big’, ‘I wouldn’t choose that shape diamond’, ‘I like how that one is nice and classic’, etc.
While she may not have been consciously hinting to me (or maybe she was!), it did let me know that engagement rings were on her mind and it was also a good source of information on what she liked and what she was less keen on.. Definitely very useful when choosing the ring. Buying an engagement ring is a significant financial and emotional commitment, so it’s always good to try and get as much information as possible on what she is looking for.”
4. She “Window Shops” at Jewellery Stores
If your girlfriend is waiting for you to propose, it is almost certain she is started dreaming about her engagement ring too. If she lingers outside jewelry shop windows when you are shopping together, ask to pop into the shop quickly “just for a look,” or make comments about what ring styles she likes, she is most likely dropping a huge hint that she wants you to propose.
Jason Lee from Healthy Framework says-“if you have your relationship linked on social media and you start getting ads for engagement rings, it means your significant other is looking around. These can be two quick and easy ways to know they’re looking for the ring and the proposal. And if you’re not sure? Talk to them about your future plans. A proposal should never come as a complete surprise. When and how you do it can, but not the idea of it as a whole.”
5. Her Friends and Family Are Dropping Obvious Hints
If her family has started asking you when you are going to tie the knot, or her recently married friends are joking about you being next, this could mean that she has been talking to them about wanting to get engaged.
If you are close to her friends and family, then you could also float the idea around that a proposal might be in the near future and see how they react.
Jennifer Will from Etia says-“She is probably wishing that you would do the same with her. Lastly, if your girlfriend is thinking about marriage, she will invite you to her family gatherings and other get-together parties. She probably wants you to join her family officially.”
Q1: How much should I spend on my girlfriend’s engagement ring?
Ans: Rule of thumb: Spend as much as two months of your income on an engagement ring. Therefore, if you are making $1000 per month, spend $2000 on an engagement ring. If you’re making $2500 per month, spend $5000.
Q2: How can I get my girlfriend’s ring size?
Ans: You can refer to the article “How to measure ring size” for the same.
Q3: How many carats should an engagement ring be?
Ans: It should be of at least 2 carats.