What You Really Need At Your Engagement


What You Really Need At Your Engagement


Engagements are getting pretty crazy. There are new videos coming out all the time of people popping the questions in more dramatic and elaborate ways. Some people line up a bunch of people with signs, some people find a stage to ask on and some people even code the question into a videogame. If that isn’t your style, you might be feeling some pressure to craft the perfect proposal. But the perfect proposal isn’t one that goes further than anyone else has ever gone before. We’re going to look at the real essentials. The rest is just fluff.

The right place

What is the perfect place to propose? You don’t want to get on one knee in the middle of McDonald’s, for sure. You want the place to feel different, to feel special, to get the emotions in the right romantic space. You can very well do that in the comfort of your own home, taking the time to set up a candlelit dinner, a rose-petalled bed, and all that good stuff. But a lot of people prefer a setting that feels a bit more magical. Whether that’s a weekend away to Paris or a relaxing afternoon overlooking the beauty of Monument Valley.

The right moment

Perhaps more important than where you ask it is when you ask it. There is, of course, a lot of pressure on both men and women and when they should expect a relationship to take the next step. There’s some research saying that after two years of a serious relationship, women start to really expect it to the point that five years into a relationship. But what matters more is the stability of the relationship and the notion of a shared future. For instance, an engagement should not be used to secure what you might otherwise consider a relationship at risk. Popping the question as a complete surprise is less important than making sure you’re both committed fully to the relationship.

The essential

You don’t need a canoe or a stage or even flowers to make the proposal. What you will need, however, is the ring. But what goes into choosing a ring? Price shouldn’t be the defining factor. It should be quality, design, and meaning. For instance, you shouldn’t be concerned about meeting an arbitrary cost. The price of a 2 carat diamond ring can vary greatly, but it’s the quality of the diamond you might be most concerned about. You can just as easily get a well-designed ring at a wholesale price by skipping the jeweler and going straight to those providing them. Remember that the ring is supposed to be a symbol of love and commitment, not a price tag.

Romance matters a lot more than surprise when popping the question. You have to bear in mind that there are a lot of people who would prefer to keep things simple and heartfelt rather than make a huge gesture out of everything. If that’s you and your partner, then you don’t need much more than what’s already been outlined.


Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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