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5 Women Whose Marriage Ultimatums Actually Worked Share How They Did It

“I kept it simple and told my boyfriend that after two years of dating, and seeing each other every single day, that it was now or never. Either he proposed or we called it quits and I went back to serial dating. I was at an age where I didn’t have two years to waste, and I knew deep down he was the right person for me. He proposed and now we’ve been married five years.”—Nicole M., 32

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“We were living together and I told him that it was time for us to take things to the next level. I didn’t want him to get too comfortable with our relationship as an unmarried couple, living together. So I told him he needed to pop the question, fast. If not, I would move out and I would take our dog. That was enough for him to get his act together.”—Georgia B., 28

“My boyfriend of three years asked me to move in with him. I wanted to because I knew it was the best thing to do, but I also knew that if I did, he would never propose. I told him what my mom told me I should tell him, which was that I wouldn’t move in without a ring on my finger. I know that put pressure on him, but it also made him have a reality check over what he really wanted. We’ve been married for two years now.”—Tami D., 29

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“Our relationship was lingering. We had been dating for a few years and I didn’t think he realized he needed to propose. Like, I honestly don’t think this thought crossed his mind. So I told him that he had until midnight on New Year’s Eve to pop the question or I’d break up with him. That gave him six months to figure out what he wanted out of our future and for him to save up for the diamond. It worked.” —Candice K., 25

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“Distance makes the heart grow fonder. It’s true. When my boyfriend told me he didn’t think he wanted to get married, I told him I thought it was best we took a break. If during the break he changed his mind, then he could call me and we could get back together. Let’s just say it worked. He called after three days.” —Frannie L., 31

Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire).

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