Do’s And Don’t s Of A Perfect Marriage Proposal

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For most guys, popping that life-altering question, “Will you marry me?” is no walk in the park. Even if you have been dating the love of your life for a few years now, it is normal to be nervous. The trick is to pay attention to the way in which you bring it up, as the question should not be asked way too casually or brought up before a million people. So before you get down on one knee for the all-important marriage proposal, read through a few do’s and don’ts listed below, that might give you some food for thought.


Marriage Proposal Do’s

  • Do make it a surprise: Even though you’ve discussed getting married, the marriage proposal itself can – and should –  be a surprise. Find a moment and a way that she won’t be suspecting. The surprise can be in any way right from simple balloon surprises to flash mob to drone proposal.

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  • Do prepare yourself: “Will you marry me?” is a simple question, but it’s a weighty phrase that leaves many proposers completely tongue-tied. Practice! It might feel silly but say the words out loud a few times. You may also write down and memorize exactly what you’re going to say to make sure you’re as smooth and confident as possible.
  • Do find the right engagement ring: Since wearing an engagement ring is a lifetime commitment, make sure it’s the right one. You might find an opportunity to window shop for rings when you are walking past a store, or you can bring it up in conversation. You can also ask her mother, sister, best friend, etc. to help choose the ring. Some brides-to-be are particular about their jewelry and want to be a part of the process, and rightfully so: a ring is a big investment, so what better way to make sure she loves it than by going ring shopping together? Sure, you might lose that element of surprise because she’s already expecting a particular ring, but if you’ve spoken about marriage, she knows the proposal is coming sooner or later.
  • Do pick a personal spot: Think about your favorite romantic places and choose a meaningful spot to pop the question. It could be as simple as in your living room or as complicated as whisking her away for a weekend in Paris. Just don’t ask him in a supermarket aisle!
  • Be creative: Incorporate your personality, favorite things, hobbies, etc. into the proposal. Make it unique and memorable rather than a cookie cutter proposal.
  • Do drop to one knee: Again, times have changed, but there is something so charming and romantic about a man on one knee asking the love of his life to marry him. Even if you’re not a traditional guy, it will make the proposal more momentous.
  • Do tell her why you want to marry her: Don’t just utter those four little words. Now is the perfect opportunity to tell her why she’s the one for you, what marriage means to you and what your hopes for the future are. You might say something like, “My life has never and could never be the same after I met you. You’ve made me more joyful, more stable and more inspired. I can’t picture the rest of my life without you by my side. Will you do me the honor of marrying me?”


Marriage Proposal Don’ts

  • Don’t make it public: If scriptwriters are to be believed, then every wedding proposal takes place on the street in front of hundreds of people. Unless she’s said she wants a splashy proposal, it’s way easier to make the proposal an intimate, personal thing. Many brides-to-be would prefer to have that magical moment be between just the two of you. After all, you’ve got the rest of your lives to tell other people about your marriage, but you’ve only got one engagement moment.
  • Don’t do it in front of her family: Proposals in front of family and yet another layer of stress that you don’t need. Take this moment to be just the two of you. Your families will merge with your marriage by default, and they don’t need to be present when you pop the question. Don’t worry: you can call everyone immediately afterward.
  • Don’t make it too complicated: You should definitely try to be unique and creative with your proposal, but, above all, it’s important to keep the focus on what really matters: the proposal itself. If you can’t focus because you’re worrying about whether or not the limousine will make it to the balloon ride in time, then you’re worrying about the wrong thing.
  • Don’t propose too early in the relationship: When you’re swept up in that incredible first rush of love, it’s hard not to do impetuous, foolish things. Make sure you really know each other and what each of you wants from a marriage before you commit to one another for the rest of your lives. Waiting until your relationship is stable will only strengthen your marriage. It’s worth having a little patience.
  • Don’t expect her to say, “yes,” immediately: Asking someone to marry you is kind of a big deal. You’re asking someone to spend the rest of their life with you. Hopefully, you two have discussed marriage and are on the same page, so she’ll respond with an emphatic, “Yes!” But just because you’ve asked don’t mean she’s ready. If your sweetheart says, “Maybe,” take it in stride and give her some time to consider the proposal. You wouldn’t want this amazing person to marry every Tom, Dick, and Harry who asked her, would you?


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