(Closed) I Was Sure My Boyfriend Was Going To Propose…But What He Did Was More Shocking

posted 4 years ago in Waiting
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I’ve been with my boyfriend for 5 years on August 1st. He’s had a ring for over 3 months now. 

I’m sorry you’re so emotional. I think you set up way too high of expectations. He probably has grand plans and didn’t want to be cliche about an anniversary dinner proposal. 

You guys will be just fine! He clearly loves you! I would keep be patient–I would talk things out with him first to make sure he knows everything is good between you two. You don’t want to set goals in your mind. It’s not your place to do that. Let him make his proposal to his future wife memorable in his own way. 😊❤️

Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

First off – you should be happy and grateful that he put the effort into arranging a special dinner for your anniversary. It seems like you arbitrarily decided that would be the day he would propose and built up your expectations for it – did he indicate that was a possibility? If not, then only you are at fault for ruining the evening. From your post, I don’t get the sense that you’ve discussed marriage and your respective timelines. Yes, he knows you want to get married but what has he told you about his feelings on getting married? Two years isn’t unreasonable and given the fact that you live together and have a child together, it seems a bit dramatic to consider leaving the relationship after only 2 years. I too knew I wanted to marry my fiancé early on and we discussed our timelines. He told me that some time after 2 years he would propose and it was 2 years, 4 months when it happened. Perhaps you should have a two way discussion to see where he stands on the matter. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

You ruined a wonderful night out with your expectations. It 100% sounds like you ‘guilted’ him into the proposal, however he still did it. Now- you need to have a chat with him. A frank, honest discussion about your future and marriage. You don’t need a ring to be engaged, but you DO need to be on the same page. If he does indeed want to get married, then hurray! Start planning that party. If he’s regretting it/having cold feet then hold off a bit. 

So really:talk to him

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I think you you need to take a deep breath and talk to him rationally about expectations and time line. 

You will be in each other’s lives for the next 18 years raising your son. If he doesn’t want marriage and you do then you are at an impasse. Is it worth it to you to keep waiting? 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017 - Northern Territory, Australia

I was with my Fiance for 4 years and he had the ring for 6 months before he proposed. He sounds like he cares and that it will come. I agree with PP – try to be patient. It will come and be magical. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

If I were you I would apologize to him right away for getting emotional and ruining the night he planned. Then tell him you’d like to talk about where he stands with becoming engaged, and let him know you don’t mean to pressure him, so that in the future you can avoid another situation like that. 

I had something similar happen so I do understand not being able to hold back the tears. A couple months later I was engaged – turns out he had a much better plan than I thought and it was so worth the wait! 

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I just don’t understand how much time he needs to realize that he wants to spend the rest of his life with me.
I guess I forgot to mention that he told me he wanted to marry me at about 6 months. So I have actually been waiting since then for a proposal. 

You are contradicting yourself. You really need to have an open conversation about all this. It is not fair to either of you if you have a constant expectation for a proposal if he is not in the proposal mindset.

Post # 11
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Helper bee

Sheesh dramatic title. He said he wanted to spend his life with you. Just because you didn’t get a shiny toy for your finger, it doesn’t count? He did it because you were crying. So what? He did it. Isn’t that what you wanted? Or it didn’t happen exactly the way you imagined it so it’s no good? 

Post # 12
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Helper bee

I Was Sure My Boyfriend Was Going To Propose…And He Did

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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bri1214 :  Sweetheart. Actions speak louder than words. Not saying it cannot be done but 6 months is very short to know if you are going to spend the rest of your life together. What has changed since? Beyond having a baby? Perhaps the “how much time does he needs to realize he wants to spend the rest of his life with me…” made me question the “at 6 months he wanted to marry me”. 

Again, just talk to the poor guy

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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bri1214 :  you have a child together….you kind of already made a commitment  to each other. Sit down and have a mature conversation about what happened last night. Tell him you want to get married but that you do not want to feel like he is being coherced into it. Ask him what his feelings and timeline on the  getting married are. Be prepared to listen even if it isn’t what you want to hear. 

For what its worth….your man sounds like he loves you a lot and he does want to marry you by his actions. It just sounds like he didn’t get your urgency or just didn’t really think about it all….relegating it to the one day basket.

Seriously though you have a kid together and live together, you need to stop playing silly emotional games and learn how to communicate better. Open honesty and no emotional blackmail makes life a lot easier for all involved and makes for smoother relationship. Good luck bee….I am certain things will work out the way you want as it does sound like you both have a similar desire to be together forever and make it official… The only issue I think you have is that your urgency and timeline are a little different. 🙂  

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Came back to say: awesome click bait title 

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