(Closed) What were your "signs" that a proposal was coming?

posted 5 years ago in Proposals
Post # 2
481 posts
Helper bee

Big sign was that he brought me ring shopping.

A slightly smaller sign was that he wanted to celebrate our anniversary. (He isn’t big into celebrating anniversaries.)

The smallest sign, right before it was about it happen, was we were going out for a date night and he said “let’s dress up! We haven’t dressed up in awhile.” And if you knew my fiance… he hates dressing up. haha.

Post # 3
348 posts
Helper bee

I’m not engaged yet- he says that he’s proposing by the end of the year. But, besides that, I knew he was heading in that direction a few mos ago when he started playing w my fingers a lot, kissing them, telling me how pretty my fingers were, asking me what stones I like, asking me what colors I like, saying that he wanted to spend his life w me, saying (when he was house-shopping for a place for him to buy on his own) that he wanted me there so I could tell him where I wanted to live, and saying that he was so lucky and wanted to spend every day loving me more and treating me better than the day before. He keeps suggesting super nice restaurants where we can hopefully go sometime soon when “we have a very special occasion.” 

Post # 4
1065 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

My facebook feed started having a lot of e-ring ads one day, even though I wasn’t looking at e-rings.  I guess he was looking on his computer, and FB being creepy with its targeted ads, figured since I was in a relationship with him, he must be proposing to me.  He also suddenly was very insistent on taking a trip together and was acting kind of nervous, leading up to it.  In fact, I kinda figured out that he had something up his sleeve, so I volunteered to drop off our dog at his parents’ house the night before and stay there overnight, and normally, he would join me as well, he just said “oh, that’s a good idea.”  We lived together at that point and usually pack for trips together, so he would have had a hard time sneaking the ring into his luggage.  He also took his backpack everywhere we went on that trip (the ring was in the bag), and he usually tries not to carry a lot of stuff when walking around.  

Post # 5
646 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

as i was out of the country when he bought and collected the ring, I could only base changes off our phone conversations around that time. and he was a bit more lovey-dovey, but i put that down to him missing me!

when i got home and before proposal day he was quiet but cuddly at the same time, and then eagre to do something or go somewhere on the day he planned to propose. all those changes i completly packaged up as him enjoying having me back home, and wanting to catch up with each other by spending time together doing something.

Post # 6
1445 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Big sign was when he checked his credit card statement in front of me, gasped, and then turned his computer away so I couldn’t see, haha!

He also made a comment about how I should go get my nails done, which he never would normally say. However, at this point I was so desparate for a proposal that I could’ve taken anything as a “sign” haha

Post # 7
431 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

Not a one, other than we knew we were getting married this December. And he proposed in July. Lol. But it was a beautiful surprise. He’d had my best friend in on it for 7 months! Which, btw, was 4 months after we started dating.

Post # 8
4509 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

1. He bought the ring and had it in the house

2. His parents started asking him “have you proposed yet?”

3. He planned a special trip to Key West


Post # 9
928 posts
Busy bee

He tried to be subtle by having his sister invite me to her pinterest board devoted to engagement rings.  She was tasked with finding out what style I liked.  He then concocted a plan where we would get an xmas tree ( we don’t normally get one)  and then he’d put the ring under the tree as a gift.  I refused to get an xmas tree because we were going home for two weeks in December to be with family so I ruined the plan.  

It took him a whole year to come up with a new scheme and this time he just took me ring shopping because he didn’t know what I wanted and didn’t know my ring size.  Then he started talking about the tree again – I relented since last time I ruined the proposal.  We got the tree, decorated it, and no ring.  Then we flew home to be with family and he kept asking me what I was wearing on Xmas so I thought it would happen there.  I show up to his family dinner and he’s in pajamas so I knew there would be no proposal.  I asked him what happened since I got all dressed up and he told me the place where we found the ring actually closed down so he had to come up with a different plan.   The actual proposal came on my birthday weekend a month later.  So three false starts that were xmas related. 

Post # 10
9754 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

He got on one knee and pulled out a box.

Post # 11
2333 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

The only signs I had were on the week of proposal he started talking about stones and their hardnesses, and I showed him a ring I liked in a store window and he asked what I liked about it and what I didn’t like about the others. I thought “woo-hoo when we get back from vacation he might actually buy a ring soon!” He was extra super lovely dovey with me, holding me extra tight and never letting me walk too far ahead (I’m a super fast walker). Then on the day of he mentioned my habit of always filing my nails (I do it so I don’t bite them anymore) and he said “oh you do that so it’ll look good in photos” I was very confused. I thought wtf could it be happening today? Then that night at dinner for our anniversary (celebrating two days later) he was quieter than normal. But I really didn’t know it was happening until he said “will you marry me” and I turned and he was on one knee! He even had a ring already! 

He did a great job surprising me! 

Post # 12
2943 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

When he told me he was going “shopping with his friends”, I knew something was up.  He doesn’t just go shopping for the heck of it.  I literally have to drag him to the store to get him new clothes.  What I didn’t know at the time was that “his friends” turned out to be MY mom. lol  So I thought that was sweet that he took my mom with him to look at rings. 

Post # 13
14 posts
  • Wedding: July 2017

Mine proposed on a trip to New Orleans with my parents that was a week after my birthday, and he kept hinting at the fact that he wanted a night alone without my parents with us, so I had some suspicion.  He also looked at my hands a lot too, and kept making comments about how this was going to be a great year for us.  He stole one of my other rings that I wear to figure out the size, I just thought I had lost it though haha.  

The actual night he did it, he was a little awkward and sweaty lol.  And I could tell he was preoccupied with other thoughts.  Once he proposed he seemed so relaxed and it all made sense! 

Post # 14
356 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2017

I was tipped off when he presented the ring.

Speculation does more harm than good. Have you asked? Been given a timeline? Asked him straight up when you guys were getting married?

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Post # 15
1052 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I had a bunch of rings favorited on Etsy. Fiance started acting funny and hinting at my awesome Christmas present. Then one night he goes, “Well, I won’t be able to buy groceries this week, but I did purchase your Christmas gift so I have that going for me.” So I checked my Etsy favorites and one of the rings was suddenly marked “sold out”. A couple weeks later he went to his mom’s house and came back with a mysteriously square shaped pants pocket… Clearly being sneaky is not his strong suit. 😛

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