Guide to Proposing
Plan something special
You’ve found the love of your life and you want to make sure that your proposal speaks as loudly as your love. With a little planning and attention to detail, we’re sure you’ll both remember this day forever.
Ask for Their Parent’s Blessing
Is it old-fashioned to ask for their parent’s blessing? Maybe. Would it be appreciated? Probably.
Maybe your partner comes from a traditional family or it’s something that’s important to you. Either way, asking for their parent’s blessing is a wonderful way to include and bond with your future in-laws, and your partner will probably think it’s sweet!
Timing is Everything
Instead of proposing at the end of the night, after a romantic dinner, carriage ride, concert, or other activity, start off at the place where you’ll pop the question. Choosing to propose earlier in the evening helps make sure you’re not nervous all night, and you get to enjoy an evening filled with the events that you’ve planned.
Whether you’re planning the proposal down to the minute or are waiting to arrive at the perfect spot, be prepared to go with the flow. Don’t rush eating the beautiful dinner you made or start running to make it to the top of the hill at sunset. The moment needs to feel right for you.
Capture the Moment
Hiring a professional photographer to capture this special moment is something you will both cherise for years. You can ask the photographer to hide 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 magical, and position themselves perfectly to get the priceless 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.
Find the Perfect Ring
Finding the perfect ring is an important step in your planning. Remember, they’re going to be wearing it every day for the rest of their life.
If you have no idea what kind of ring they’d like, check out our Guide to Choosing the Perfect Ring. If you already know what kind of ring you’re looking for, or need a little more help and guidance, contact us today and we’ll help you find that perfect ring.
Keep it Personal
You’ve found someone that you want to spend the rest of your life with. Make sure you show them just how much they mean to you by adding personal touches to your proposal.
Choose a sentimental location
Choosing a meaningful location for you and your partner is always a good idea. Whether it’s 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,” adding this extra sentiment will only increase the romanticism.
Do you have a song that is meaningful to both of you? Maybe it’s the first song you slow-danced together, a favourite road trip song, or your go-to karaoke duet. Playing something in the background of your proposal will bring back the memories of that song and elevate your proposal to unforgettable status.
Speak from the Heart
Planning the perfect proposal is only one small part. The words you say will make your proposal truly one-of-a-kind. Consider your past, present and future together. Was there a moment when you knew they were “The One,” now is the perfect time to tell them.
You can talk about how you met, the things that make you love them, or how you want to share your future together. Just make sure you don’t read word-for-word from a speech. If you’re feeling nervous, jot down some key phrases or things you want to mention on a “cheat sheet.” And, don’t forget to breathe!
Share Your Moment
Why not have your friends and family around to share in your moment? This can make an already exciting experience even more moving. You could even ask for help to make a more complicated proposal go off without a hitch.
Another option is to have your friends and family waiting to meet you after the proposal. This is the best of both worlds! You get a lovely, intimate moment alone, and then all of your favourite people are there to share in your happiness right after.
Keep it a
After all this planning, the last thing you want is for your partner to find out the big plan! Coming up with a convincing backstory for the day-of will help you keep your cool. Also, make sure not to act too weird in the days (or months) leading up to it!