Getting engaged is, for most people, a once in a lifetime event, so you want to make it a special and memorable moment. Even if you have been planning the big moment for months, when it comes to actually asking the question, things can change last minute. So, if you know that you are ready to take the next step in your relationship, there are some things that you shouldn’t do when planning your proposal.
Avoid Big Holidays
Holidays, particularly the bigger ones, are reserved for their own reason. With enough attention and celebrations surrounding these days already, it is best to leave them out of your engagement plans. If you choose to pop the question on a high-profile date, such as Christmas or Valentine’s Day, then you run the risk of having a two-in-one holiday/engagement combination.
It is best to avoid these days so that, if things weren’t to work out, then the holiday won’t be tainted in the future. Instead, pick a day that is meaningful to you as a couple or choose a random, surprise date.
“Trendy” locations won’t always be in style, so if there is a bar that is the talk of the town or an extra fancy restaurant, it is best to avoid these places for your proposal location. New places tend to be extremely busy, expensive and even run the risk of not being there in a few years.
Instead, why not choose a timeless location, such as a scenic location or monument, as then you’ll be able to return to the spot for many years to come. Another great place to propose is when you are away from the stresses of home, such as on holiday or a short break. You could plan a fun excursion or visit a natural beauty spot, such as an amazing beach or waterfall so that the proposal is both romantic and memorable!
Propose In Front Of An Audience
We’ve all seen the lavish and public proposals that happen for social media, but a large proportion of the time, your partner is probably going to feel extremely uncomfortable if you propose in public or in front of a large audience. An intimate proposal, between you and your partner, is far more meaningful and will make a much more lasting memory. If your partner feels as though they are on stage then they won’t be able to savor the moment.
Don’t Worry Too Much About The Ring
There is a lot of pressure when it comes to choosing an engagement ring and many people over-think the whole thing and end up spending a fortune. The most important thing to consider when it comes to choosing the ring is whether your partner will like it! It’s understandable that you want to splash a little cash on a special ring, so consider your options well in advance.
Have a look at their jewelry tastes and match the ring to that, for example, if your partner wears a lot of silver jewelry, then a silver ring band is a fail-safe choice. You might want to consider bespoke engagement rings for an extra-special touch, so be sure to book a consultation with your local store to see what they can offer.
Hide The Ring In A Strange Place
Rather than asking your waiter to hide the ring in a dessert, keep the ring on you at all times. You’ve likely spent a large sum of money on an engagement ring and by entrusting someone else to present the ring to your partner, you might end up with a very expensive disaster on your hands.
If you want to propose this way, ask the restaurant to write a message on a sweet treat to go on top of the dessert instead and present the ring when your partner sees it in front of them. Whilst there are many on-screen proposals that go to plan, it is vital that you use your better judgment and think sensibly.