Getting married might be a high-stakes decision, but that's not to say it isn't super exciting. If you think you and your partner are ready to take that step, but they haven't popped the question just yet, waiting for the big moment can be nerve-wracking. Will they do it at a romantic dinner? On vacation? The possibilities are endless, and if your curiosity can't be tamed, you might want to keep an eye out for small gestures that could mean your partner is proposing soon. (It's OK if you're not completely surprised. I won't tell!)
There's actually a pretty good chance that you'll know when your partner is about to propose, just based on how well you know them. "It's true that if you are really attuned to your partner's style of communicating, then you can trust that your love instincts are picking up those tells that your partner wants to propose," Dr. LeslieBeth Wish, relationship expert, previously told Elite Daily. If you're super close, live together, or just have a gut feeling that something's about to happen, then your intuition might be right on the money.
However, if you want some more concrete evidence that you should be prepared for a proposal, then there are some small, but meaningful, gestures you might notice from your partner that could mean they're gearing up to pop the question. Here's what experts say to look out for.