You're madly in love with your soulmate, and you're ready to pop the question. Congrats! Planning a proposal is exciting, but it can be a bit daunting, too. How, where, and when do you propose?
Before you get overwhelmed by the details, take a few minutes and read our Proposal Series, which will help you ACE your proposal. Today's post is all about setting the mood so you Get It Right! Get creative and make your proposal one for the ages!
Select A Great Location
Go back to your first date restaurant, revisit a favorite vacation spot, or pick any locale that's meaningful to your relationship. To take your proposal to the next level, go on a fabulous trip...somewhere you've both always wanted to go...to set the pre-proposal mood.
Pick A Special Date Or Season
Maybe you went on your first date on September 16th, or your first "I love you" happened during the summer solstice. Capitalize on those good vibes and pop the question on that 'anniversary!' Once you propose, you'll be able to look back on that special time even more fondly.
Share The Love
Some moments are even more special when friends and family are there to share it with you. Include them in the proposal itself if you want a big affair. If you prefer to propose in private let them watch just out of sight. Better yet, throw a surprise engagement party immediately afterwards at your favorite restaurant so you can all celebrate together!
Your proposal is the biggest step you've taken in your relationship, so make it extra special. Rent a beautiful venue. Hire a professional photographer or cinematographer to capture the event for posterity. It'll be super special to show your family after the proposal...and maybe even your kids one day.
If you're planning something complex or with lots of different locales before your final proposal spot, consider hiring a planner to help coordinate the logistics. That way you're free to enjoy the moment instead of sweating the details.
Speak From The Heart
If there is ever a time to be sentimental & romantic, a proposal is it. Speak from your heart. Don't be afraid to say exactly how you feel and what your relationship means to you. Your proposal will be that much more meaningful if you show your heart.
Practice, Practice, Practice
A proposal is not the time to "wing it" or talk off the cuff . You'll feel much more comfortable with the whole process if you've practiced exactly what you want to say. Your proposal doesn't have to be long or involved, just heartfelt. Get in front of the mirror and practice, practice, practice!
Incorporate Music Or Video
Music and video can take you both back to a special moment in an instant. Make your proposal even more memorable by incorporating favorite songs, or even a video of how you asked permission for their hand in marriage. Trust us when we say your proposal will never be forgotten!
Use Favorite Movies Or Poems
Show how much you've paid attention during your relationship by adding in elements of a favorite poem or movie into your proposal. If you're always quoting The Notebook to each other, by all means, include it in your proposal!
Don't wait until the end of the night to propose. Get your nerves out of the way by proposing first. Then you’ll have the whole night to celebrate!
Look & Feel Like A Million Bucks
NO ONE wants to be proposed to with untidy hair or undone nails. A hair and make-up artist can help your sweetie look and feel like a million bucks before you propose. Consider arranging a spa day to help them get ready. Call it a “just because” gift or better yet, set it up with friends in advance to avoid suspicion. We guarantee your thoughtfulness will be appreciated.
Dress The Part
Your sweetheart is dressed to impress (thanks to you, of course), so make sure you look the part, too. Take extra care with your appearance. Trust us, it'll definitely be noticed!
Some people aren't comfortable being the center of attention or being surrounded by big crowds. If you - or your love - get antsy in situations like that, you may want to rethink a public proposal. Your proposal will still be incredibly special even if it's just the two of you.
It’s a super exciting day, but don’t give away the big surprise by acting nervous or doing things you don’t normally do. Play it cool! (This is why we recommend proposing earlier in the day.)
Now that you know how to get your proposal right, the next two posts in The Proposal Series will help round out your proposal education. They'll cover the 10 Romance Killers and Over-The-Top Romance Tips. Read all three BEFORE you propose, and we promise, it'll be the proposal all your friends will try to beat (but they won't!!).
If you've got any tips or tricks to add to this list, let us know in the comments.