5 Tips For Planning The Perfect Proposal
Ready to pop the question but you aren’t sure how to make your proposal extra special? Coming up with the right way to ask those four little words (“Will you marry me?”) can be a challenge even for guys who are romantic on an everyday basis. You’re probably thinking it has to be a BIG proposal — something she’ll never forget. It should also be personalized to your relationship. Whew, that’s a lot of pressure.
But don’t worry, we have some fabulous ideas to help make your proposal even more unforgettable. Plus, check out our tips for reliving this magical moment throughout your “happily ever after!”
Hire a professional photographer
He or she 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 her face when she realizes what’s happening.
Bonus: You can give the engagement photos as a surprise wedding-day gift to your bride!
Do you have a song that is meaningful to the both of you? Or, does she remember the first song you ever slow-danced to? (You can subtly ask her without giving away your plan.) Having a sweet tune playing in the background elevates your proposal to “unforgettable” status.
Bonus: Slow dance. No matter where you are, who’s around you, if you’re out at a public spot like a scenic overlook. Just gather her close, and lead her in a slow dance to last forever in her memory. Sigh…
Get symbolic with the flowers
Give her 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.
Speak from the heart
You could plan anything, but it’s the words you say that make your proposal truly one-of-a-kind. Tell her what you love about her, yes, but also tell her when you knew she was The One. If you told your best buddy after your first date that you knew she would be an important person in your life, then add that to your proposal “speech.” Then, talk about what you want to share with her in your future together. Don’t forget to breathe! Speak slowly, and if you shed some tears, that just makes it all even more unforgettable.
Make that first meal you cooked for her early on in your dating days
Thinking of proposing at home? Cook a sentimental meal that she’ll never forget.
Bonus: Break out the wine. If you remember which vintage you shared on your first date, how awesome would it be to revisit that life-changing first clink of your wine glasses now, with your proposal to follow?
Lastly, one word of caution: Make sure she’s up for a public proposal before you plan something elaborate or over-the-top involving a large crowd of people. Not everyone likes being the center of attention. Gauge her feelings on public proposals before you arrange for that “Will You Marry Me?” jumbo tron announcement at a sports game or serenade her with a flash mob in the park. Don’t be that guy who proposes in extravagant fashion, only to have his sweetheart look mortified — or, even worse — shake her head “no” and run away.
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