Planning to propose this January?
The proposal is a relationship milestone that signals the start of married life for you and your partner. Pulling off the perfect proposal can be a nerve-wracking experience, so we’ve compiled some tips and ideas to help you surprise your partner.
Before you start thinking about proposal ideas, make sure you’ve ticked off each item on the checklist below:
- Buying a ring: You can asking your partner what they’d like, but if you’d like it to be a complete surprise, make sure you carefully consider your partner’s tastes and likes.
- Asking parents’ permission: Whether you’re traditionally minded or not, your partner’s parents will probably appreciate being asked for permission before you propose. It’s also a great way of getting them involved in the proposal beforehand.
- Thinking of what to say: Depending on the build-up to the proposal, you might want to make a speech about everything you love about your partner and your relationship, although you can get away with those four simple words instead.
- Timing: Make sure the time is right to propose, that your relationship is ready to move to the next step, and that your partner is ready to make the commitment. This is an instinctual thing, but you might want to drop some hints to your partner if you’re unsure.
Now that you’ve got the basics, below are a five great ideas for an unforgettable proposal:
Proposal Idea 1: Choose a place that has personal significance to your relationship. Whether it’s where you first met, a favourite restaurant you always go to, or a special spot in the park, take your partner there on the pretence of a casual date, ask someone to take a picture of you together and instead of posing, propose!
Proposal Idea 2: Create a treasure hunt for your partner that ends with your proposal. Lead them on a tour of places and events that are special to your relationship, so you can both reminisce as you lead up to the proposal.
Proposal Idea 3: If your partner loves music, go and see a favourite band or concert together and ask the performers to incorporate your partner’s name into their song lyrics or to help out with the proposal in some way. Another great option is to go dancing and asking the DJ or MC to play your partner’s favourite song and pass you the mic so you can propose on the dance floor.
Proposal Idea 4: Plan a romantic getaway and propose on the plane, on the beach, at the top of a mountain, while sightseeing, or in a beautifully decorated hotel room (roses, candles and champagne included!).
Proposal Idea 5
: Get your friends involved. Whether you go for a flash mob, a group picture that spells out ‘Will you marry me?’ or organising a surprise party, getting everyone involved means you can have an impromptu engagement party straight after the proposal!
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