The steps to becoming engaged vary widely, but in a traditional engagement, ask for the blessing of your future spouse's parents. Pick out an engagement ring, and choose a time and location to ask the question. Practice asking the question prior to the date.
Shop for engagement rings that fit your partner's style and taste. Choose the jewelry metal and the diamond style. Some popular options are round-cut, princess-cut, and square-cut diamonds for the contemporary look. One of the most popular ring styles is the diamond solitaire ring with a single diamond. Select a location and time for the actual proposal, ideally at a romantic and memorable location. If the answer to the proposal is "yes," place the ring on your future spouse's finger.