5 steps to persuading your partner to pop the question
So you’ve been dating for quite a while. You’ve met each other’s parents and everyone likes each other. It’s time to take the next step and get engaged, but there’s only one problem.
There’s no proposal.
Now you don’t want to force the issue. After all, you love your partner and you don’t want to pressure them. At the same time, it really is time they followed the advice of the great Beyoncé and put a ring on it.
You’re at your wits’ end. You’ve tried leaving wedding magazines lying around. You’ve tried sharing the link to your Pinterest wedding collection. You’ve even tried putting together a wedding song playlist and play it on constant repeat whenever he’s around, but he still hasn’t taken the hint.
It’s time to get serious. Here’s our handy guide to what to do when you’re desperate for a proposal.
Picture the scene. The happy couple have just exchanged their vow and they’re leaving the church to start their new lives together. The guests gather outside to throw rice at the bride and groom, an ancient tradition associated with good luck and fertility, but just as they’re about to start, someone cries out “Stop! Didn’t you know that rice kills birds?”
It’s a myth so pervasive that it’s been referenced in TV shows like The Simpsons and Cybill. The theory is that wild birds who eat the rice will be harmed when the grains soak up stomach fluids,