You know the time is coming. Maybe you and your boyfriend went ring shopping together a few months before, or you guy has been dropping hints. Whatever the case, you know the marriage proposal is imminent — and you plan to say yes! People always joke about what to do when you're expecting a baby, but for a soon-to-be bride's sanity, there are some tips that she might keep in mind for what to do when you're expecting an engagement ring.
1. Don't skip your regular manis.
Keep your hands and nails looking good just in case your future fiancé pops the question when you least expect it. Just because you knew it was coming doesn't mean you were prepared for him to get on bended knee during a random walk during the first snowfall. But, if he does pop the question, everyone under the sun is going to be looking at your hands in the immediate future. If you're a nail biter, stop now. If you should be using hand lotion daily in the cold weather, do it. Don't you want your hand to provide a beautiful background for that lovely ring?
2. Don't talk about it with too many people.
Choose one girlfriend to confide in. Only share with your mom or sisters if they can behave themselves over the holidays when they're likely to see him but he may not yet have done the deed. The last thing you need is a well-meaning sibling to say something and ruin the moment so that he ends up postponing rather than proposing. You'll want to share your anxiety with somebody, but try to choose the most discreet person in your life who will understand and keep it zipped.
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3. Don't start buying bridal magazines or get caught cruising Pinterest for save the dates.
The fastest way to discourage the proposal is by making him feel pushed into it. You know it's coming — consider the wedding planning a fun privilege you get to begin after you get the bling.
4. Don't hunt for the ring
Your excitement will be dimmed a bit when you finally get the real thing because you've already seen it. Plus, you'll stress yourself out waiting for him to finally pop the question. Let him surprise you.
5. Don't expect fireworks, a string quartet, and a public declaration of love along with the proposal.
Many men choose a more private and sedate environment for such a serious question. Manage your own expectations and if you're not expecting something over the top, you cannot be disappointed.
Owner of Weddings in Vieques, a destination-wedding planning company off the coast of Puerto Rico, Sandy Malone has helped countless couples plan their big day since 2007.