• Appropriate gifts for marriage proposal
  • Tips for the perfect proposal

On 1 October 2017, what has been possible in the Netherlands since 2001 and in most US states since 2004 finally became law in Germany: “Marriage for all”, or more formally put, the right to marry for same-sex couples. Since that day, it is also no longer possible to register a civil partnership that previously existed as a partnership-marriage hybrid. This new regulation of course does not affect civil partnerships that were already registered before it came into existence.

What’s the best way to propose to your loved one?

For a man-to-man marriage proposal, engagement rings are not necessarily common in countries where same-sex marriage has existed for a long time. Oftentimes a beautiful bracelet or an expensive watch is given to the respective partner. But the most classic symbol for the promise of marriage – regardless of if you’re a man, woman or transgender – remains the engagement ring.

It doesn’t have to be a very feminine-looking solitaire engagement ring; something like a beautiful, simple white gold or platinum ring would be perfect. To distinguish it from the wedding ring that follows, it might be a ring that has small diamonds set on the side. This kind of ring can also be beautifully engraved.

Are you unsure about the ring size and your future husband’s taste? You can either secretly measure against an existing ring, or you can try to find out what fits and pleases him during a harmless shopping spree. Looking at engagement rings would be a bit conspicuous, but maybe your boyfriend wears rings anyway.

Don’t be afraid to talk about a proposal! Even if the actual proposal is to be a surprise (which it does not necessarily have to be), it never hurts to talk about joint plans for the future and marriage beforehand. The path to marriage is a big step for every couple, and as with all important decisions in life, misunderstandings can best be avoided by talking about them first.

When planning, you should consider what type of person your boyfriend is. Is he more extroverted and enjoys sharing experiences with friends and family as a large group, or would he rather enjoy the proposal in an intimate setting over a romantic dinner? It’s particularly important to be cautious with public proposals in front of large audiences. Even if you would like to declare your love for him in the most beautiful way possible in a public setting, not everyone is especially keen to be the centre of attention – especially if there are strangers around.

How do I capture the moment for eternity?

Professionally snapped photos or a video are the perfect way to remember the big moment together down the road. This is not possible for every proposal in every setting, but if possible, consider hiring a photographer to document the proposal. It’s usually a given at a wedding, but many couples don’t consider it when proposing.

Would you like advice? The team of experts at BAUNAT will be happy to help you choose the perfect ring or piece of jewellery for your marriage proposal.

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