Are you ready to pop the question?
You found your person, the one, your best friend, your soulmate. Congratulations! Our hearts go searching for its other half without us even knowing it and sometimes when we find that other piece, it takes us by surprise. You are probably filled with emotion right now; excitement, love, and maybe a little bit of nerves. Don’t worry, nervousness is normal. Its really just excitement tricking you!
So, you’ve made up your mind, you are going to ask your love to marry you!
Well, thats the pre-step to the 7-steps to plan the perfect proposal.
Hooray! You already completed this pre-step and now can jump right into planning an epic proposal that will be sure to have your love excitedly saying Yes!
Pro Tip – Leave the ring with the jeweler until proposal day to be sure its not found or seen before you pop the question!
Pro Tip – Ask a friend to suggest a mani-pedi date with your fiancé-to-be so that their picture ready for proposal day.
Choose an ambiance that is fitting for how you want to ask. Would you like an intimate affair over-looking the city with a candle-lit dinner for two? Or go big with a show-stopping, crowd-encircling proposal with music and fireworks?
Do you want your family and friends to be there when you ask or afterwards at a secondary surprise location? Either way, intimate or grandeur, be sure to make it special by adding elements that represent your love for each other.
Pro Tip – Write down a list of places you’ve mentioned wanting to go (near and far), places you frequent often and adore, how you met, things that you both have in common, and things that your fiance-to-be loves to do. This should help get the ideas flowing!
If you want an intimate affair, this could be at your home, favorite date night spot, on a hiking trip to the top of a mountain, in a quiet park, or over a romantic dinner for two.
If you’re going for a grand affair, this could be in the middle of a city park, in a favorite museum, at an event (gala, concert, etc) or even in the middle of the street!
You’ll want to choose a location in advance and reserve that area if possible. Check to make sure the space is available at the day and time you prefer. Event spaces, restaurants, and parks frequently have large events that take over the entire space – be sure to check to see whats going on that day if you are popping the question in a public area.
Pro Tip – Choose a time with good daylight (earlier in the Winter) so you can capture this moment on camera. Also, think about the amount of family/friends you want present – can the space hold everyone you want to be in attendance?
Pro Tip – If you get nervous easily or have a hard time not giving away surprises – have your loved one meet you at the proposal location instead of you traveling there together.
Pro Tip – Go with a pro! Proposal photography packages are typically inexpensive, they will capture the ask and will take a few shots of you two together afterwards for some really cute memorable photos. They will carry the right equipment and will scope the scene in advance for the perfect discrete location.
Pro Tip – When saying a little something special, keep it short and sweet before kneeling. They’ll get the hint once you are down on a bended knee! I suggest leaving the ring in the box so that there is no room for a fumble!
You now have everything you need to start planning the perfect proposal. It’s going to memorable and amazing. Pop the question then pop some bubbly! Cheers to you and yours!
Tionna Van Gundy
Wedicity - Wedding Day Detailing
Tionna is a wedding & proposal planner in Chicago, IL. With over a decade of experience, she brings love stories to life from the proposal to wedding day, allowing couples and their families to enjoy it stress free.
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