Love is well and truly in the air at this time of year, with thousands of romantics planning to pop the question.

But what makes the perfect proposal? For some, it may be a grand romantic gesture, complete with a dazzling diamond ring. For others, a more understated and quiet affair may be just the ticket; perhaps a romantic walk on the beach or a homemade intimate dinner for two. But where to start? You may be asking yourself how much you should spend on the ring? Or, worrying about which age-old proposal traditions you should follow, such as asking their family’s permission beforehand.

You know your partner better than anyone, and the truth is there are no right or wrong answers.

Still feeling nervous about which knee to go down on? Do you know your carats from your clarity? Asking for his or her hand in marriage is a huge step and may feel daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Sweep your partner off their feet with these handy tips and proposal inspiration from Sainsbury’s Bank.

Sainsbury’s Bank Guide to Proposals