July 18th, 2017 | Updated on September 18th, 2021
What does the perfect marriage proposal look like?
There is no definitive answer.
Because each proposal is entirely unique to each couple, often incorporating meaningful places, quotes, songs and other personal details that make it specific to them.
For some, this may mean a large-scale, opulent and dramatic proposal, such as a helicopter ride – for others, a cozy night in front of the fire may be the ideal setting.
That said, there are some key points to take into account when you’re planning your proposal – these include:
1. Finding the Perfect Ring
No engagement would be complete without a ring (even if it is a makeshift one until you find ‘the one’). But understandably, the idea of shopping for an engagement ring can be quite a daunting prospect. What if your partner doesn’t like it? How much money should you spend? And who can you trust to help you find the perfect one?
There are many questions you may have but taking your time is key to getting it right. Ask the advice of your partner’s closest family members or friends because it’s highly likely they’ll have discussed engagement ring designs at some point. With their help, you’ll be one step closer to finding the perfect style.
2. Choosing the Ideal Location
Next, there is the task of finding a location that means something to you and your partner – or one that will add the wow factor to your proposal.
Some of the best options are places that you and your partner have visited or enjoyed a special moment in time at. For example, this may be the place where you first said, ‘I love you’, or it may be the place you went to on your first date.
Wherever this is for you, make sure you consider all of the aspects of your proposal and how the location will work with this. This means visiting the location beforehand to work out exactly where you’ll get down on one knee (if you’re being truly traditional about it all!) while also considering what will happen afterward.
For example, if you’re proposing in a public space, is there somewhere nearby you can go to for a celebratory drink once they’ve said, ‘Yes!’
3. Hiring a Photographer
Your proposal is going to be one of the defining moments of your relationship as a couple – so why not get this on camera?
Hiring a photographer to take pictures of your proposal is easy if you’re going to be in a public space but might not be so easy if you’re doing it in an intimate setting or your own home. However, with some forward planning, you may be able to set up some kind of candid camera so the entire thing is captured on film! And the next step may help, too.
4. Involving Family and Friends
Friends and family often play a huge role in your relationship, which is why you may feel that their inclusion in your proposal will make it extra special. You could choose to propose at a family event or throw a party for your partner’s birthday, or you could have family and friends waiting on standby until you’ve popped the question.
Ultimately, when it comes to proposing to the love of your life there are many things to think about. But don’t get too stressed out thinking about all the details. Instead, focus on your relationship and what’s most important to the two of you and it’ll soon become clear what ring, location and proposal style is right for you.