Guide to Proposing

Popping the question is an exhilarating moment. With so many thoughts running through your head, it can be helpful to think through a few key details before dropping down on one knee. We’ve put together a few suggestions you may want to consider.
Step One

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.

Step Two

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.

Step Three

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.

Use Music

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!

Step Four

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.

Step Five

Keep it a
Surprise

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!