With family holiday gatherings in the forecast, ’tis the season for romantic marriage proposals! If you’re planning to put a ring on that finger before Aunt Millie asks if you’re ever getting married for the eight-hundredth time at a holiday dinner, now’s the time. Take our advice and follow these seven simple tips for popping the question in a perfectly romantic way that practically promises an ecstatic YES!
7 tips for Romantic Marriage Proposals
- Keep it about the two of you. While some may like the idea of being surrounded by family and close friends when the moment arrives, a private or semi-private proposal is more intimate and romantic. You can get the family together for an engagement announcement afterwards.
- Make it personal. Visit the spot where you first met, prepare a favorite meal, present a bouquet of your love’s favorite flowers, or pop open a bottle of favorite wine. Or better yet, plan a scavenger hunt where they uncover a favorite thing or rediscover a favorite memory at each stop, leading to a “Will you marry me?” moment.
- Plan ahead. Scout out your proposal location in advance. Think about, prepare, order and arrange the special details you want to incorporate. If you’re not a great planner, enlist some help from a professional or close friend. If you’re not prepared, you’re more likely to be flustered when the big day arrives and even more nervous.
- Choose a location wisely. Think about your partner when making this decision. Do they like being the center of attention? Maybe a public spot would work well. Are they more traditional or private? An intimate setting for just the two of you might be in order. Choose a sentimental spot or a dream setting (Paris, anyone?). Nature lovers? A secret garden lit with candles at sunset is oh so romantic.
- Jot it down… your proposal speech. Prepare your perfect speech by writing down a few things that you love about your partner and why you want to spend your life with them. Then save your love note to present as a sweet momento after you pop the question.
- Capture the moment. You will both remember this moment forever and while a private proposal is most romantic, there is something to be said for capturing the moment with photos and video to share with family and friends later. Hire a “paparazzi” photographer to unobtrusively snap a few photos and video before and during and then some pics of you and your beaming fiance after.
- Keep some element of surprise. Maybe you’ve been talking about marriage for a while and even shopped for rings together. How do you make it a surprise? Set up a decoy with the help of a co-conspirator. Don’t do anything too out of character – a sure giveaway. While they may be expecting a holiday proposal, sneak it in a few days early so they can show off that sparkler to family and friends during holiday gatherings later.
A perfectly romantic marriage proposal can come in many forms. Think of your partner and the places and things that are special to your relationship, have a plan, and be yourself. The rest will fall into place and you will cherish the memories of this moment for a lifetime. Happy proposing!