1. You’re Financially Stable
Money is one of the number one things that married couples fight about. When you get married, you’re not only making a life commitment, but also a financial commitment. Your debts become her debts and vice versa. Before you pop the question, make sure you have open and honest conversations about your financial situations.
2. You’ve Discussed Your Future
You’ve talked about your future together, and you know what one another wants in regards to children, careers and lifetime ambitions. It’s important to know that you’re on the same page about the big things before proposing. You don’t want any surprises.
3. You’ve Lived Together for a While
At least a year. In this day and age, most couples cohabit as a kind of trial-run for marriage. While it’s not quite the same as marriage, you’ll definitely learn whether you’re even able to live together.
4. Your Family is Supportive
Although the decision is up to you, having the support of your parents goes a long way. After all, they’ve probably been through it all before and they know you better than anyone. They’ll likely be able to tell if your proposal is the right decision.
5. You Know She’ll Say Yes
A proposal will always be surprising, but it shouldn’t come as a total shock to her. If she wants to get engaged, she’s probably been dropping hints — browsing wedding dresses on Pinterest or window-shopping at the jewellery store. Make sure she’s ready before you propose.
6. You Love Each Other
It seems simple, but this one’s the most important. A lot of people propose for the wrong reasons. Maybe they think it will fix their troubled relationship or maybe they think they’re at the age when they’re just supposed to get married. Before you propose to your girlfriend, you have to feel a deep love, connection and commitment to one another. When it’s right, you’ll just know.