You're not quite sure when it hit you, but you just know that you want to spend the rest of your life with your partner. It's time to propose! Nowadays, it seems like people are constantly trying to one-up each other on proposals. This is not always feasible for everyone. How are you supposed to manage expectations while still making it memorable?
Make It Personal
Before looking for any proposal ideas, really think about what your future fiancé enjoys. If your proposal is too impersonal, it might appear as though there wasn't much thought put into it. You don't have to go over the top with your proposal either because then it might appear to be too much. That being said, everyone deserves to partake in the fun of an engagement story. You want your future fiancé to feel special. Let's say for example your significant other is terrified of horses, but you read somewhere about a romantic proposal on horseback. Surely you should know enough about your loved one to avoid incorporating their fears or something they hate in your proposal. Also, really think about whether or not your partner would prefer a public or private proposal. It's okay to feel that person out a little in terms of proposal expectations. When conversations about proposals are brought up, PAY ATTENTION. There's no need to just check boxes when it comes to a popping the question. As long as you do something that you know your future fiancé would love, there's no wrong way to do it.
Make It Manageable
Why leave room for error for something as special and intimate as asking your partner to marry you? Don't start off your marriage totally bankrupt because you had to buy the biggest ring and plan the most expensive proposal you could imagine. If you can't afford to go to a beach, then don't! If you're future fiancé often runs late, then you probably shouldn't plan a proposal that relies on a structured schedule. There's no reason to make this moment more than either of you could handle. You can plan a day step-by-step and still end up with an unexpected turn - and that's okay! Just make sure you have a backup plan and be prepared to go with the flow. Avoid putting any unnecessary stress on your future fiancé!
Make it Special
You're asking them to marry you, not to prom! When your partner rushes to call their loved ones, hopefully they're telling a memorable story! Once again, there is no need to come up with the most extravagant engagement to date, but you want to show how excited you are about the engagement as well! Here are a few ways that you can make it special:
Book a Limo
Imagine the look on your partner's face when a freaking limo pulls up to give them the star treatment! You're probably going to be nervous on the big day - and you're going to want to celebrate after - so let someone else take the wheel!
Hire a Photographer
Everyone will want to see pictures. Make it easy on your future fiancé and have someone take those pictures for you! Bonus points if they covertly catch the "Yes" moment!
Include Loved Ones (And Pets!)
Try adding an extra layer of surprise by having your partner's family and friends show up unexpectedly. Or maybe you can incorporate your furry family members! Put the ring on their collar or get a personalized sweater for them to wear!
Make A Memento
A little keepsake is a special way to pop the question. Maybe take a painting class together and paint your proposal; or create a collage of your relationship and put the question underneath; or commission an artist from Etsy to make a puzzle, ornament, wooden sign, or anything you can think of!
Ultimately, the proposal is all about you and your partner. Proposals are so exciting! Have fun with it, and enjoy the fact that you're about to ask the love of your life to marry you!
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