Are you proposing this Valentine’s Day?

Engagement rings and sparkly things – are you proposing this Valentine’s Day?

2016 is a Leap Year, when women traditionally propose to men on 29 February, the extra day of the year. There are various traditions around the world linked to the extra day. In some countries men have to give the women a gift if they refuse (anything from a silk dress to pairs of leather gloves).

Since we’re in the 21st century, much of the stigma of women proposing to men has disappeared (thank goodness). At IHD we’ve helped women propose to men and women – and vice versa too!

So regardless of who you are and who you want to marry, if you’re wrangling over whether or not to pop the question this February there’s still time to have something in your pocket – just. Here are our top tips for last-minute proposals:

Do it somewhere you both enjoy being – whether that’s at home, on your favourite walk, or on holiday if you’re lucky enough to be jetting off. You don’t need to create an elaborate scene for the proposal to mean something.

Plan ahead – your intended may not appreciate being the centre of attention as soon as you drop to one knee, so if you have a special place in mind for popping the question, think about when you may have it (almost) to yourselves.

Put them first – think about what they would like, whether that’s hearts and flowers, or a simple proposal at home over dinner. There’s no need to create a big spectacle for the proposal to be meaningful.

Think about what to say – having someone ask you to marry them is a big deal for anyone, so think carefully about what you want to say to your intended. What do you love about them? Why do you want to marry them? It’s the words which will make the moment even more special.

Think about what’s in the box – it’s traditional to have purchased a ring before proposing and we can still create a beautiful one for you in time for a Valentine’s Day proposal, but this might not be what you (or your intended) would want. Our unique propose with a diamond solution gives you the drama of opening a box and involves your intended in the design of the finished item (and it avoids that awkward moment if they don’t like what you chose)

Mark recently proposed to his long-term partner Cat with a beautiful brilliant cut diamond. (This is the only part Mark knew he’d got right!). They came to the studio to design the ring together and will be picking it up next week.

A Cut Diamond in a presentation box

We love this image taken by Mark himself!

Mark said:

Cat has particular taste and getting this substantial purchase wrong would be a disaster. Anyone can walk into a jeweller’s and pick a ring, but I wanted her to have some control and also the experience of meeting the jeweller and trying on lots of rings before arriving at a decision. You can’t get it wrong if you do that.

We’re always delighted to help people plan their perfect proposal and can be flexible around your budget and timescales (within reason!). Why not give us a call to book an appointment in the studio. We have more than 100 samples of rings for men and women which will help you decide what’s best for your intended. We’ll put the kettle on and you can take your time discussing all of the options. Call us on 01274 551 224 or get in touch through via email



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