Becoming engaged is a defining moment in the life of any couple, and the perfect proposal can set the stage for many years of wedded bliss to come. Planning the special moment, however, can put a lot of pressure on the proposing party, so here are a few tips on making this momentous occasion go as smoothly as possible.
The first thing to remember is that when selecting a location for the proposal, make sure that you choose somewhere meaningful for both of you. This could be the location of your first date together, a favourite walking spot that the two of you visit on a regular basis, or a town, city or country that she loves.
After you have chosen the ideal place for your proposal, it is time to pick out engagement rings. Again, choosing something that matches the tastes and personality of the individual receiving the ring is the best idea, whether that is diamond engagement rings or unique and unconventional antique engagement rings.
Do not be afraid to ask for help when choosing from a selection of antique or diamond engagement rings – a specialist jeweller will be able to guide you in making the right choice for your future fiancée. In general, it is best to base your choice on what you know to be to her taste in jewellery, and whether or not she is a more traditional or unconventional type of girl.
After selecting the location and the ring, the next step to planning the perfect proposal is to make sure that you get the timing right. You are likely to want to celebrate after your proposal and enjoy time together, so aim to pop the question earlier on in the evening if you have planned a meal at a favourite restaurant or have booked an outing to a particular event.
This also has the added bonus of relieving your nerves, rather than you spending most of the evening worrying about acting naturally and wondering what her response will be when you finally ask her to marry you.
The fourth tip to planning the perfect wedding proposal is making sure that you speak from the heart when you finally reach the right moment to pop the question. As with choosing a location and selecting from a range of diamond engagement rings, meaningful and personal are the way to go.
When you get down on one knee, your future fiancée will very likely know what is about to happen, so instead of rushing, take some time to make her feel special by talking about how important she is to you. You don’t have to say anything long-winded, complicated or poetic, just be true to yourself and explain why you want to marry her and spend the rest of your life with her.
The final tip is to make sure that you tailor the moment that you make your proposal to your fiancée’s personality – just like the other aspects of the proposal such as the location and diamond engagement rings. If your partner is the outgoing type, then in the middle of a restaurant during a meal may be the perfect time to get down on one knee.
If you partner does not like to be the centre of attention, you may be better off choosing a quieter moment – such as during a pre-meal stroll in the park, or in a rowing boat for two on a lake – to propose to her, as the most important thing is that she feels comfortable.
From picking out antique or contemporary diamond engagement rings to selecting the right moment to pop the question, considering your partner’s personality and tastes is the best way to plan the perfect proposal. You don’t have to pull off anything fancy during this special moment, just make sure that it is meaningful and thoughtful, and that it makes her feel special.