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What are the Signs of an Impending Proposal

Proposals are supposed to be a surprise, but sometimes it's too hard to ignore those subtle hints.

Have you got a funny feeling your partner is about to propose? A sneaking suspicion that this Friday night is not all as it seems? Well, before you get too excited, let's think about the signs your partner might be giving, and find out if they're about to propose or not. Because you'll want to make sure your nails are looking spotless!


Whether you and your partner are primary school sweethearts, or you met more recently through a dating app, there's no set timeline on when a proposal should be. But once the moment does come for someone to pop the question, there are a few tell-tale signs of an impending proposal that will let you know it's about to happen.



Changes in your partner's behaviour, impromptu dates, a sudden case of hush, hush among your family members, there are so many hints that all indicate an impending proposal.


If you're anxiously waiting for a marriage proposal or simply want to know what to expect, keep reading.


Jewellery Goes Walk About, or Moves

At first, you may think you've been robbed, but upon closer inspection it could just be an impending proposal. Don’t be surprised if you notice that a random ring has gone missing from your collection of jewellery, or your precious items have been shuffled around.


If your significant other is purchasing an engagement ring, they'll need to know your ring size, so they probably borrowed one of your rings because they're about to propose.


Our advice: unless you're positive that it's genuinely lost, keep quiet about the missing ring, otherwise you'll foil your partner's plan!


They Suggest You Go for a Manicure

Suddenly, out of the blue, your partner is telling you your nails need a tidy up, or your sister is suggesting a random trip together to the salon. What’s going on…? Either these two think you need to look after yourself more, or there's a proposal coming. Either way, take their advice…


Your Partner Plans a Trip

This is a big sign of an impending proposal! Especially if your partner doesn’t usually take charge of planning holidays.


According to the National Wedding Survey, 43% of wedding proposals take place on holiday. So if your partner suddenly decides to arrange a trip, and takes charge of all the details, you’re probably right to have a feeling that there’s an impending proposal coming…



Suddenly They Start Saving the Pennies

Your partner was always happy to spend great wads of cash on a night out. But now, they're all excited about staying in, watching the latest Netflix hit series. Hmm…


If your usual care-free, spend big partner starts penny-pinching, they may be saving up for your engagement ring. Our advice, pretend not to notice or maybe even encourage their lifestyle choice, and it will benefit you if you want a proposal. Plus, it's always good to do some saving once in a while.


They Get All Nostalgic

Often when people are about to propose, they start to get sentimental. Be it flipping through photo albums, talking about highlights from your past or just sending you sweeter texts than usual – being exceptionally affectionate can be a sign of a proposal.


Secrecy & Nervousness

You tell each other everything. But suddenly, when you ask where they were, the answer is strangely vague. But don't worry, it's probably nothing sinister. In fact, it could be a sign that they are in the process of purchasing an engagement ring or planning the actual proposal.


So don't be overly nosey or suspicious, otherwise you could ruin your own surprise!


They Take Your Parents For a Chat

Asking for the parents' permission is an old tradition, and that not everyone chooses to follow when proposing. But your partner could be an old romantic with a traditional spirit.


Your partner could choose to put a modern spin on it by speaking to both of your parents, rather than your dad, or giving them a heads-up instead of ‘asking permission’. Regardless of what they do, if they head off for some alone time with your family without you, that’s usually a subtle sign they’re about to propose…

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