(NEW YORK) — More than 37,000 couples will get engaged this Valentine’s Day, Brides magazine predicts.
To help anyone planning to pop the question, Brides.com has posted five essential items necessary for pulling off the perfect proposal. Surprisingly, it has less to do with romantic music and mood lighting and more to do with planning ahead.
The five tips for a prefect proposal are:
1. Consider the ring
Don’t get caught in an awkward situation by proposing with a ring that’s one size too small. Determine ring size ahead of time by borrowing one from the jewelry box and bringing it to a jeweler. Also, have the ring insured, and don’t attach the ring to anything moveable, i.e. animals or kites.
2. Show that you know your woman — or man
If your fiancé is shy, don’t propose via a flash mob. Be imaginative, but be personal.
3. Don’t jump the accepting
If you have a feeling that a proposal is about to happen, don’t ruin it. Don’t let them know you know.
4. Phone first, Facebook later
Don’t announce the engagement on Facebook before calling the important people in your life first to share the good news.
Make it a special night. Make reservations at a great restaurant or ask family and friends to meet you for a toast.
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