There are billions of people in the world, and you found the one for you. The hard part is over. Now, it’s time to make your relationship a forever kind of thing. 

Popping the question is a big deal. You want it to be special, memorable and to go as smoothly as possible. Use our Proposal Checklist to make sure you’ve covered all bases before taking the big step.  
 

STEP 1: Make Sure You’re on the Same Page 

YOU might be ready for marriage, but is your partner? Before you propose forever together, have an open and honest conversation about your future. Take their temperature on the topic of engagement, so you can be sure you’re BOTH ready for that level of commitment.  
 
STEP 2: Talk it Over with Family & Friends 

Share your plans with a few trusted family members or friends. While the decision to get engaged is between you and your partner, the support of family and friends makes the experience even more special. If taking the traditional route, set aside time to get the green light from your partner’s closest family members.  

STEP 3: Purchase the Engagement Ring 

Now, the real fun begins. Your partner will be wearing their engagement ring for the rest of their life, so it's important to get it right. Browse rings together to get a feel for their style. Set a budget. Then, connect with a KAY Jewelry Consultant. From classic solitaires to unique, non-traditional styles or even custom designs, our experts will help you find the right ring for your soon-to-be fiancé. 
 
STEP 4: Plan the Proposal 

Do you want your proposal to be big and over-the-top? Or is an intimate moment more your style? There’s no right or wrong way to pop the question—just what’s right for you. Once you’ve set a date and chosen a location, invite any special guests you’d like to attend. Think carefully about how you'll pop the question by writing out what you’d like to say in advance. By including inside jokes and special memories you share, it will be meaningful and memorable for you both. 

STEP 5: Book a Photographer 

With any proposal, it's wise to have a photographer at the ready. It’s one of the biggest moments of your life! Ask a close friend with a smartphone to capture the event or go all out by hiring a professional photographer and videographer. You’ll both want to look and feel your best, so make sure your partner is ready for the big day by treating them to a manicure or a new outfit. Getting engaged can feel like a whirlwind. You’ll enjoy being able to relive the experience and share it with loved ones later on.  

STEP 6: Celebrate!  

Once the question has been asked and answered, take a deep breath and revel in the moment. Plan a post-proposal celebration to toast to your engagement and share the good news with family and friends. Don’t forget to come back and share your story in The Union, so we can celebrate with you, too!