Engagements | 7 Things Guys Should Know

Hard to believe that four years ago today marks the day Brian and I got engaged. (What?!) I love this time of year for so many reasons, but one thing that really makes it special is that these happy holidays months are when a lot of couples get engaged. Two of my close friends and I all were engaged within a week of each other (different years). Shout out to Amanda & Jenna!

While I know every couple has a unique engagement story and every guy has his own plan (which I love), I think there are a few key things that any girl would appreciate and love for her beau to do when he pops the big question. Here are a few ideas:

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1. Ask her Dad beforehand. Actually, I think it is great to ask both parents, but at least ask the Dad. I think this gesture shows a great deal of respect. After all, her parents are about to be your in-laws!

2. Have someone there to take photos. In my opinion, a professional photographer is well worth the investment. You will treasure these photos for ALWAYS. Understandably, this may not be in everyone's budget, so just have a friend or family member hidden with a digital camera. Trust me, she will want these photos!

3. Use her full name. It is super romantic.

4. Get down on one knee. I think this is a given, but just in case...

5. Have an idea of what style ring she likes. She doesn't necessarily have to pick it out, but knowing her style (even from a friend or sister's input) shows thoughtfulness. Plus, the moment she sees her dream ring will make that moment even better!

6. Write down what you are going to say. Not only will you avoid forgetting what you want to say due to nerves, but it will become a keepsake for you and your soon to be bride! The sad thing is, I honestly cannot remember anything Brian said when he proposed. I was so surprised and excited, I completely forget his speech. :( He can't remember what he said either!

7. Have her family close by. The second a couple gets engaged, they want to shout it from the rooftops. By meeting up with the family to share the excitement, it is like the icing on the cake.