Your marriage proposal is an important milestone in your relationship, and deserves the same kind of care, attention and planning that your wedding day will have.
Whether you want your proposal to be understated and personal or flamboyant and elaborate, savouring every moment is vital. There are many steps you can take to ensure the memories of your momentous proposal last a lifetime, here we share just a few.
Choose a location that’s personal to you both
The setting of your proposal should be relevant to your relationship journey so far. It could be the spot where you enjoyed your first date, the place where you shared your first smooch or where you said “I love you” for the very first time. Choosing a place to propose that’s sentimental to you both is an excellent way to make it extra memorable.
Many choose to pop the question overseas. There are a variety of romantic destinations around the world that are perfect for taking this next important step in your relationship. The destination could be somewhere your partner has always wanted to visit or perhaps a place where you’ve been together before.
Prepare a sentimental speech to pop the question
It’s not just where you propose that matters. How you do it and what you say to your partner before you drop to one knee is important, and your words are likely to stay with your partner for a lifetime.
Be sure to prepare a sentimental speech to let your partner know just how much they mean to you. You don’t have to be an expert in the language of love, just speak from the heart.
Keeping your speech short and sweet is recommended to ensure the game isn’t given away too quickly and your proposal is the surprise it should be. That being said you shouldn’t rush the delivery of your speech. Make sure your partner hears every word.
Hire a photographer to capture the moment
One thing many newly engaged couples wish they’d done is capture this magical moment in print or on film. Just like your wedding album, looking back on your engagement shoot photographs is something you can enjoy doing together for years to come.
Pulling off the perfect proposal shoot without your whole proposal being uncovered isn’t easy however. Heather Vaughn from US based proposal planning company The Yes Girls offers some words of advice:
“Have someone else suggest the photo shoot so you don’t raise suspicion. You can ask her friends to suggest a girls shoot, get her family to schedule a portrait session, or you can even have her boss ask her to be part of a ‘promotional’ shoot. She’ll be very surprised when you walk up in the middle of it and get down on one knee!”
You don’t have to hire a professional photographer to capture your proposal. Sharing the moment with friends and family is a great idea, and they could even double as your photographers to ensure every part of this magical milestone is well documented.
Add a few extras
There’s nothing more emotive than music, so why not add this to your proposal plan? Choose a tune that is meaningful to the both of you. Who knows it could even double as your first dance song!
Decorating your proposal setting with flowers and personalised items is another option. Make everything you use to decorate significant to your relationship.
For instance, if you want to present your new fiancée with a proposal bouquet, add a symbolic twist by making the number of flowers representative of the number of years you’ve been together. You could go one step further by choosing her favourite blooms.