To know me is to know I’m a fan of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette on ABC. And there’s a marriage proposal on the horizon for Becca (or at least I think so!) coming up on the show’s finale and that got me thinking.
What are some of my favorite creative proposal ideas?
The show always offers up an over-the-top trip to a magical destination. Which is certainly one way to do it. But that may or may not be your personal style. Here are a few of my tips for getting a marriage proposal just right and some creative ways to make it special.
Decide if Intimate or Over-the-Top is Right for You: Proposing in private or in a very public setting is a personal choice. Consider what you’re most comfortable with and what you think your partner would like best too. If you’re torn, you could always propose in private with a celebration waiting around the corner and surprise your love with their loved ones shortly after.
From a private hot air balloon ride to a massive sporting event or romantic picnic on the beach, there’s no right or wrong way to make it special.
Keep it Personal: A marriage proposal doesn’t have to cost a lot, it just has to be personal and from the heart. Prepare words that have meaning to you both, speak from the heart and you can’t go wrong. You might also think about places or things that are personal to the two of you – a first date spot, his or her happy place, or location of significance to the two of you can make for an extra special setting.
Do Your Homework on the Ring: Survey your partner’s friends, look through favorites in his or her phone, take a look at the style of jewelry they already own and plan to purchase a ring in the style you know they will love. And if you don’t know what style that is, consider surprising your love with a temporary ring (something fun and super affordable) with the idea that the two of you will design or pick out an engagement ring together so he or she gets exactly what they want. If you do order it in advance, be sure to get the ring size right too!
Take Time to Celebrate: Chances are you’ll both want to share the good news with friends and family (and maybe even social media too). Plan for a proposal that is followed up by a little down time to enjoy it all – perhaps a surprise weekend away by car or plane, a day off from work the next day at the spa (and nail salon), or an evening ahead of total romance.
Time for the two of you is time you’ll forever cherish.
Capture the Memories: I love the idea of a photographer tucked away in secret to capture the moment for both of you and your families. Surprise your future fiancé with the gift of a proposal photographer who doesn’t get to close to the two of you but captures it from a distance, giving you photos you’ll cherish for a lifetime.
If you’re considering proposing, I wish you all the luck and love in the world! Just don’t forget to incorporate a few creative proposal ideas and the moment will be that much more magical, no matter how simple or big those ideas may be!
Image by Amy and Stuart.