Marriage is a very serious and exciting union. It’s one that people aren’t meant to take lightly and should be given lots of thought. If you think you’re just about ready to head to your local Ascot Diamonds store to start shopping for a ring, then you may want to take a moment to read through these common signs that the time is right to propose, or that you’re ready to say ‘yes!’.
Have You Just Only Started Dating?
While love doesn’t work on a set timeline, in most cases it’s wise to be sure you’ve given yourselves enough time to get to know each other. If you’ve just only met, chances are the timing isn’t right to propose.
You need time together as a couple to experience highs and lows, so you see how you function in both.
Marriage isn’t meant to be rushed, so even if you know this is the person you want to spend your life with, if you’ve just started dating then there really is no rush. You’ve got your whole lives together, so be sure to spend enough time in the dating phase first.
Have There Been Discussions about the Future?
Have you and your significant other talked openly about the future? Do your plans and goals match up? You want to be sure you’ve discussed such things as job goals, where you want to live, in what kind of dwelling you want to be, if you want kids and how many, etc. The only way to discover if your futures match-up is to talk about them.
For some couples this can be a hard and difficult subject to broach and there is no reason you have to lay out all your plans in one discussion. The lines of communication should be open at all times so that as things pop up, you can feel free to discuss them.
Have You Discussed Finances?
This is one of those conversations that can be very uncomfortable and because of that many couples choose not to have the conversation at all. The unfortunate thing is that the leading cause of divorce is finances.
Don’t worry if you find this difficult. According to a survey, 46% of men would also be fine with sharing details of their personal spending habits, whereas 68% of women keep their lips sealed.
Being open and honest with each other about the state of each of your finances and how you see your future finances is imperative in creating a strong and lasting relationship.
Are You Ready for the Commitment?
Perhaps the biggest question to ask yourself is whether or not you are ready to make the lifelong commitment to this one individual. Are you ready to think of yourself as a unit rather than just you on your own?
It’s a heavy question and one that you should give lots of time to. You don’t want to feel pressured or rushed into deciding what you can handle. The fact of the matter is that usually once you find that “right person”, commitment comes easily.
Ready for the Leap
Once you’ve decided you are ready to propose and feel excited to do so, all that’s left is to ask that special person for their hand in marriage.