How to Plan the Perfect Proposal

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Congrats! You’ve found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with …now what?

Proposing to the love of your life is one of the most memorable moments of a relationship, and with that can come a lot of nerves and pressure. However, with the right plan in place, you can make this day filled with joyful memories – not stress.

Here are some top tips for creating a foolproof plan for the big day.

Buying the Ring

Your partner will be wearing their engagement ring for the rest of their life, so you want to make sure it’s something they will love. If finding something unique to their personality and preferences is important to you, consider working with a custom engagement ring designer like Alexis Gallery to create the ring of your partner’s dreams.

If you don’t know where to start, talk to your partner’s close friends or family or keep an eye on what jewelry they wear day-to-day. You can even peek at their Pinterest boards to get an idea of what shape, stone, and band color your partner may like. 

Choosing the Location

The best proposals are the most personal ones, so make sure you consider what your partner would like. If they’re not one for grand gestures, a flash mob may not be your best bet. If they value family, invite their parents to take part in the big moment.

You don’t have to go all out or spend a lot of money to make the moment memorable; just focus on what best speaks to your relationship. Think along the lines of the location of your first kiss, your favorite hike to go on together, or a place that’s always been on their bucket list

Know What to Say

You can write out an entire speech if you want, but when the moment comes, it’s not uncommon for nerves to wash away all that planning. Instead, jot down some bullet points and speak from the heart.

Why do you love this person? When did you know they were the one? Why are you excited to spend your life with them? These are some simple questions that you can address when popping the question that are sure to make your partner swoon (and say yes!). 

What Comes Next

You did it! Now comes the fun part— celebrating! Some couples choose to plan an engagement party, but it’s important to do something to celebrate even if a party is not your style. Dinner at your favourite restaurant or a bottle of Champagne at home are just a few easy ways to celebrate the moment and help you get excited for everything to come. 

Bonus Tips

Here are a few other things to consider when planning your proposal:

  • Hire a proposal photographer
  • Be flexible— things may not go exactly according to your plan
  • Come up with a backstory to help keep the proposal a surprise
  • Ask for a blessing if that is important to you and your partner
  • When in doubt, ask friends and family for help

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