Before the wedding comes the proposal. Planning the perfect proposal is just as important as planning a memorable wedding.
While it may seem like a lot of pressure just to ask a question, it’s a romantic moment that the two of you will remember forever.
But, don’t stress. You know your partner well and you’re ready to spend your life with them. With just a little guidance, you’ll have your partner speechless, overjoyed and more in love with you than ever.
Know What Your Partner Likes
This is the single most important part of any proposal. For just a moment, forget everything you’ve seen in movies, magazines, TV shows and so on. Yes, that grand public proposal might sound romantic in theory, but if your partner is a more private person, they won’t think it’s the perfect proposal.
Think carefully about the types of places, people, foods, music and more that your partner loves. What is it you love most about them? Remember, you’re planning the perfect proposal for them. While you’ll want to try and stick to your own comfort zone to avoid any extra nervousness, the more you make it about them, the more they’ll love it.
Pick the Right Location
The location is the next big thing. Of course, you’ve likely heard about proposals gone wrong, such as a car breaking down or someone getting sick. However, simply winging it wherever you might be doesn’t usually go as smoothly as it does in movies.
Instead, make a list of locations that are meaningful to the two of you. Think about your first date, where you first met, where you first said “I love you” or a place that your partner loves. Ideally, you don’t want to pick something too obvious, so they won’t suspect that you’re about to propose. To make it more of a surprise, consider having one of their friends pick them up for a day out, but drive them to meet you instead.
Think about the weather too if you’re considering an outdoor location. Make sure all your plans have an inside option or alternate day in place.
Gather Friends and Family
This one is kind of tricky. Some people love having their friends and family share in this special moment. Others prefer the big moment to be more intimate with just the two of you. Of course, only you really know for sure what your partner prefers.
However, if you want others there, start planning a few months in advance. Make sure everyone keeps the secret and knows where to be and at what time. You’ll likely want to give everyone a place to hide until you’re about to pop the question.
Give Her A Special Day
Who doesn’t want to take a picture the moment the ring is on their finger? Think about making the entire day about them. Schedule a spa day or a mani/pedi. Then, they’ll look and feel their best for all the pictures that’ll come when they say “yes.” Come up with some random reason why you’re treating them, so they don’t get suspicious.
Have A Photographer Ready
This is a major moment in both your lives. Hire a professional photographer to capture the moment you drop to one knee and that heart-stopping moment when your partner says “yes.” These pictures serve as wonderful engagement announcements, social media posts and memories for years later.
Decorate the Area
While planning the perfect proposal, consider preparing a small celebration, especially if family and friends are involved. You can decorate with flowers, balloons, tablecloths and more. Make it easier by hiring a professional service to do all of this for you.
Prepare What You’ll Say
You will be nervous, no matter how ready you are. So, write down at least a general idea of what you want to say and practice it beforehand. You’ll come off more confident and sincere. Plus, it’ll help with the nerves when the moment comes.
Consider Filming Asking Their Parents
As a final part of planning the perfect proposal, film yourself asking your partner’s parents for permission. This is a great keepsake and is a wonderful idea if their parents can’t be a part of the proposal itself.
The most important thing is to make the proposal special to the two of you. The Knot offers 66 romantic ways to propose, but always make the moment completely your own.
If you need help with preparing your proposal scene or celebration party, contact Nickie Jones Events to handle decorations and table settings for a memorable evening without the stress of trying to decorate yourself.