Need some help with how to propose? Prepare yourself for the moment by covering these bases!
If you’ve made your decision to pop the question, you might be wondering about the perfect everything: when to propose, where to propose, and what to say that’ll get you an ecstatic “yes.”
Despite what romantic comedies might have us believe, you can’t guarantee that everything will go as planned. What you can do, though, is prepare the highlights of your proposal, the special elements that will outshine even the drizzle on your romantic hike. You can also make sure you’re perfectly ready for anything that could go wrong.
Read on to discover some important bases to cover when you’re planning this beautiful moment!
1. Be Surprising
“There’s something liberating about not pretending. Dare to embarrass yourself. Risk.” – Drew Barrymore
What is romance if not the element of surprise? There is romance in the elevated, the unexpected— that bundle of flowers for no reason, remembering to tape their favorite TV show.
A surprise proposal can mean many things. Maybe your partner has no idea it’s coming, but you know for a fact they’re crossing their fingers. Maybe they suspect something and you wish to sincerely take them off guard. Even the slightest element of surprise can create joy.
Take note, though, that the people who shouldn’t be surprised are your partner’s parents. Consider asking for their blessing ahead of time, so you don’t run into any unexpected road bumps.
2. Choose The Right Time and Place
“If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn
Has your partner ever dropped any hints about what they’d love? For example, maybe they think proposals at public sports games are the bee’s knees.
Also consider where would you feel most comfortable asking one of the most important questions of your life. It’s important to make sure you aren’t setting yourself up to be nervous or uncomfortable.
If your and your partner’s ideas of a romantic proposal line up, then this decision can be simple. Otherwise, you may need to reconcile the differences between both of your dreams. Think outside of your usual box, while also being honest about how you want to do it.
And remember to be yourself: this is for both of you! If there’s a creative idea that keeps popping into your head, and you’re not sure how your partner will react, then perhaps you should wait until you’re sure that you’ll get a yes— no matter how embarrassing your proposal is.
Get started by brainstorming the places you share and absolutely love.
3. What to Say When You Propose
“A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short.” —Andre Maurois
How will you engage your partner with your words? Excuse the pun.
We recommend practicing out loud. You might even write down and memorize what you want to say, as a vow to your shared future.
Tell them what you love about them, why you wish to spend your life with them, and what it means to you that they’re your partner. Speak from the heart as much as you can. Don’t be afraid to be fully vulnerable and sincere in this moment.
4. Choose the Perfect Engagement Ring
The engagement ring is the crown jewel of your proposal. It can express everything you may not be able to say in words.
It’s possible your partner has shared their ring preferences with friends and family. If you suspect as much, subtly ask around. And if you know they want to be involved, don’t be afraid to take them to a jewelry store or two— to peruse casually.
Still confused about how to choose the perfect ring? In this blog post, we show you some charming styles, with a questionnaire to help you get started: How to Choose the Most Beautiful Engagement Ring.
We hope this has been helpful! If you’d like more info, come chat with Denver’s most trusted diamond expert, who has 40 years of experience helping people choose the perfect ring.
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