Asking someone to marry you is probably the most important question you will ever ask as well as the most nerve-wracking! However, it’s not easy and the pressure to create the perfect proposal has never been higher. Whether you choose to do it in an unassuming situation or the middle of a crowded restaurant, a proposal is significant and special. But having a plan in place will ensure that it’s even more exciting and memorable.
The key to executing a successful proposal that delights your fiance and makes her feel special is to spend some time planning the details ahead of time.
Here are our 5 top tips to execute the perfect proposal.
FIND THE PERFECT LOCATION
What better way to set the mood for your proposal than a place that means something to you and your partner? Whether you choose the spot where you had your first date, somewhere you’ve always talked about visiting together, or even your own home, a significant location is a quick way to create a romantic experience. To really set the scene, add a few decor items that make the location feel even more romantic. Keep in mind, if your spouse-to-be isn’t huge on public displays you may want to steer clear of public spaces that receive a lot of foot traffic.
PICK A DATE
Once you’ve got your venue in mind select a date for your marriage proposal. If the element of surprise is key, you may want to avoid popular engagement dates like Valentine’s Day, Christmas or your significant other’s birthday. The last thing you want is to feel rushed. If you’re planning an entire day of events, create some space and be willing to be flexible if things change.
FIND THE PERFECT RING
Finding the right engagement ring can take months. But don’t stress. Firstly finding out her ring size is essential, secretly sift through her jewellery box to find rings she already owns and use our handy print out ring size guide to find out the perfect size. Next is to decide on what style of ring she will like. Try your best to keep a close eye on what ring style she usually wears and ask her friends about what sort of rings she’s had her eye on. Once you know the size and style, its time to buy the perfect piece. Work out a budget on how much you are going to spend and then begin your search. Either look through current styles and designs or be creative and design your own personal bespoke piece to give it that extra special personal touch. Once you’ve found the perfect ring, be sure to find a good hiding place–somewhere she’ll least suspect.
PREPARE A SENTIMENTAL SPEECH
A great proposal is about more than just the words “will you marry me?” To ensure that your nerves don’t get the best of you in the moment, we recommend preparing what you’re going to say once you’re down on one knee ahead of time! Recall the reasons you want to spend the rest of your life with her and the moments that helped you realise she was the one.
For best results, keep your proposal short and sweet. Both of you will be so overwhelmed by the moment that you won’t be able to sit through a long soliloquy. Profess your love, explain your hopes and dreams, and ask the big question.
DOCUMENT THE EXPERIENCE
No matter how much planning goes into your proposal, the moments will fly by in an instant. This is why it’s so important to be sure you document the experience! We recommend either hiring a professional photographer to capture the moment they say “yes,” or secretly set up your own camera so your and your partner can re-watch it over and over again.
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