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Engagement Superstitions So Weird They Actually Work!

Get a Gimmick

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New York City-based journalist Stephanie Smith achieved notoriety when she blogged about her boyfriend’s challenge that he’d only propose after she made him 300 sandwiches. This past week, at number 257, her guy popped the question, so all that prep work clearly paid off

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Make This for Dinner

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26 years ago, a Glamour magazine editor made a roast chicken for her then boyfriend, who popped the question a month later. The recipe passed between coworkers, who all experienced a similar phenomenon. Glamour has run the recipe several times since, and each time, the article has been followed by readers announcing their own engagements.

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Mark Your Calendar

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According to legend, a man has to accept a marriage proposal from a woman if he’s proposed to on leap day. Of course, since the next leap day is 2016, that’s a pretty long time to wait.

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Buy the Dress Already

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Kelly, 31, swears that buying the dress of her dreams was the catalyst that led her boyfriend to pop the question. “I didn’t go out of my way to go dress shopping, but I saw the perfect knee-length ivory dress in a vintage store that fit perfectly. When I bought it, I half teased my boyfriend by saying, “’well, I have the dress,’ and two weeks later, he asked!”

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Cue the Grandmother Guilt

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On Girls, Hannah Horvath tells her boyfriend, Adam, that all her grandma wants before she dies is to know Hannah’s going to get married. Adam doesn’t exactly drop down on one knee, but he does half-heartedly agree in front of Hannah’s grandma that an engagement will happen.

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Cast a Little Spell

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Who doesn’t need a little magic in your love life? To get a guy to propose, certain believers in magic suggest taking nine pea pods and placing them above the door to your kitchen to attract a husband into your life. Plus lots of comments about your unique style of interior decorating.

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Hit Up CrossFit

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Still not so patiently waiting? One man frequenting the message boards at the website WeddingBee.com advocates that women reaching this point in their relationship should use the time to focus on your own interests, explaining that not only will your guy be curious as to where the motivation is coming from (and who you may be meeting at, say, the gym or the local hiking club), but that it’ll break you and him out of any relationship ruts you may be in and remind him what a great catch you really are. 

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Call Him Out

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One blogger was so worried from the stress of navigating the visa and passport-related issues related to dating a non-American boyfriend that she started calling him in a panic between 2 and 5 a.m. his time. She postulates, half-jokingly, that he proposed just to shut her up. But, hey, if it works, it works!

Make It Easy

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Wedding blogger Meredith Bodgas recommends doing some of the prep for him—booking the romantic hotel, hinting that the beach would be the perfect backdrop for the big question—can help speed up the process. Not only does it take away some of the work on his part, but it also gives a pretty clear signal that you’ll say yes when he asks.

Ask Him Yourself

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Even though three-quarters of Americans believe it’s fine if a woman proposes, only one in 20 women do so. Whether or not you get down on one knee, letting him know you want to make it official definitely gets the job done with the least hassle (and weirdness!).

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