Five tips to plan the perfect proposal
You have finally met the partner of your dreams and you are ready to pop the question. This is one of the most important moments in a person’s life. The proposal story, good or bad will be passed down through generations and will be shared time and time again with family and friends.
We have all heard the horror stories of the groom who dropped the ring in the spaghetti plate or worse, over a balcony or in a lake. Do not worry. We have put together some tips for you to ensure a perfect proposal and a positive outcome.
1. Test the waters
If you have seen your girlfriend looking at bridal magazines or if she is drawn to the engagement ring counter every time you are near a jeweller, you probably have no reason for concern.
It is a good idea to know how she feels about marriage and how she sees her future before you drop down on one knee. It is easy to have generic and casual conversations about these things.
If you are still in doubt, try talking to her best friends. They will know.
2. Ask for blessings
I know this sounds very old-fashioned, and there are times when it is not possible. But if it is possible, talk to her parents before you propose.
This shows respect for her and for her family. If her parents embrace the idea, ask about any family traditions you should know about such as a wedding venue or a vintage engagement ring being handed down.
3. Make it special
Maybe you have a favourite place.
Maybe you want to go to the spot where you first met.
Maybe you would like to go to the sea for the weekend and propose over a candlelit dinner overlooking the ocean.
Put some effort into this and remember, it is about making it special for her. If she hates to hike, but you are a hiker, don’t think a proposal on the top of a mountain is going to be her idea of perfection. What does she like?
Is she the kind of lady who loves wine and soft music, or does she prefer to go for a beer and camping?
Is she a private person who does not like to draw attention to herself or is she one who would feel at home in a room filled with 1000 strangers? Decide based on how well you know her and what she enjoys.
4. Have everything you need
From the venue, time, date, what you will say, the ring, the music, and the weather, plan what you will need. Plan this out carefully and attend to the details before your arrival. Be careful not to over plan things so that it is not possible to carry your plan out smoothly.
5. Start saving
Prepare by starting a Plumfund account. Plumfund is one of the easiest fundraising sites and it is free, and also sister company of Honeyfund.
Let your family and friends know about the site but do not tell her. Let your family know you would rather they use the Plumfund to gift you instead of shower gifts or wedding gifts.
Contribute to your own account to show her how much you want this to be special for her. You should set up your account six months to a year before the wedding.
If you take your time and put your heart into it, you can create the perfect proposal and one that will stay in her mind and heart forever. Use these tips and go for it.
Wendy is a super-connector with Outreachmama who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customised blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.