Popping the Question
Proposing is an exhilarating moment. With so many thoughts running through your head, it is helpful to think through a few key details before dropping down to one knee. Here are a few suggestions that you also may want to consider:
- Select a sentimental location
The restaurant where you had your first date, the rooftop bar where you shared your first kiss, or the spot where you first said "I love you." A meaningful location is always a good idea. Going back to that spot as the setting for your proposal signifies that your relationship has come full circle.
- Having family and friends share in the moment
Having friends and family around to witness the proposal can make this special moment even more exciting. Help from family and friends can take some of the stress out of planning. Another option is to have friends and family waiting to meet you after the proposal takes place. This is the best of both worlds - you get a lovely, intimate moment alone and then have all of your favourite people there to share in your happiness immediately afterwards.
- Hire a professional photographer
The photographer can hang out close to your proposal spot and covertly capture amazing photos of your proposal scene. Expert photographers know how to capture the light, make your setting look even more magical and position themselves perfectly to get a priceless shot of the look on their face when they realize what's happening. Investing in a pro is definitely recommended — these images are too important to risk losing because of dead camera batteries.
- Use music
Do you have a song that is meaningful to both of you? The first song you slow danced together, favourite road trip song, or your go-to karaoke duet. Try subtly asking them without giving away your plan. Having a sweet tune playing in the background elevates your proposal to unforgettable status.
- Get symbolic
Give a surprise proposal bouquet and arrange floral décor at your proposal site. For a romantic touch, get symbolic with the number of flowers that you use. For example, if you've known each other for ten years, have a ten-rose bouquet made. If you have mutual hobbies that you have bonded over, try to incorporate it. Whether it’s camping, fishing, or animals, use your shared experiences as inspiration.
- Propose earlier in the evening
Instead of proposing at the end of the night, after a romantic dinner, carriage ride, concert, or some other activity, start off at the place where you'll pop the question and then enjoy an evening filled with events that you've planned. That way, you won't be nervous all night. Plus, they get an entire night of wearing and showing off their engagement ring, rather than having to wait until the next day.
- Speak from the heart
Planning is one thing, but it’s the words you say that make your proposal truly one-of-a-kind. Consider your past, present and future with them. If there was a moment you knew they were The One, now is the perfect time to tell them. Talking about what you want to share in your future together is a great idea. Try not to read word for word from a written speech. If needed, jot down some key phrases or things you want to mention on a "cheat sheet" and you'll be fine. Don't forget to breathe!
- Show a video of you asking for their parent’s blessing
If you previously talked to their parents — let them see that moment! You don’t need fancy editing or a soundtrack, although you could design the video that way if you wish! They will love being privy to such a meaningful gesture and seeing how respectful you are. If your partner has kids, a video asking them if they’d be okay with you proposing would be an adorable addition to the moment.
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