Proposing to your loved one is a big step in your life and it can be quite stressing.
There is no recipe on how to do it “the right way”. There are as many ways to propose as there are couples and it should be a moment that resembles your relationship: some will enjoy a wild ceremony, some a more cosy one, whereas some couples will just enjoy an exclusive moment, just the two of them.
And don’t worry if the intended plan doesn’t proceed as planned! Sometimes, it’s the little misses that make a moment even more memorable.
But if you are struggling with a lack of inspiration, here are some proposal ideas.
A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS
If you are good with your hands, you can create a photo album or memory book for you other half.
Gather the best pictures of you two at different stages of your relationship, tickets to places you went together, or anything that reminds you of a moment you spent with your lover. Sort them in an evolutive order, and put a note on the last page with a proposal message.
You can also leave spare pages at the end of the album to place your wedding pictures!
A BLAST FROM THE PAST
In the same spirit as the album, make your lover re-experience your first date. Take her to the same place, eat the same thing and you can even wear the same clothes! This little jump back in time will make the first stage of your story come full circle.
An alternative to this could be to mix the nostalgy and the scavenger hunt.
Ask her to meet you at the first restaurant that you went together and ask the waiter or a friend to give her a note. It will indicate her the next place she has to go to (where you first kissed for example). Another friend or family member will wait for her with flowers and the next note.
You’ll be waiting for her where you first met. Which will also become where you got engaged!
If you two are sports fans, you can go for the popular but timeless Kiss Cam Proposal. Your moment will be seen by thousands of super-energized people, so be ready for a wild and noisy proposal!
FLIGHT OF FANCY
A bit less noisy, but still involving a lot of witnesses, if you are planning to fly somewhere with your lover, you can try and ask the flight crew to make an announcement for you.
LOVE ME, LOVE MY DOG
If you or/and your future fiancee have a dog, or a cat, or any other furry friend, you may include him to the happy event.
You can tie the ring to his collar, make him carry the little box or a sign saying the famous sentence.
If you know that your other-half loves animals but doesn’t have any, or if you both wanted to get a pet, why not use the occasion to adopt. He will grow with your engaged relationship!
If you want something more private, with family and friends, gatherings at home are a good alternative. Prepare t-shirts with every letter of your proposal sentence and ask everyone to wear them. You can do the same with balloons or cakes. Emotion and lots of tears of joy are to be expected…
STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN
If you prefer having your own moment, just your intended and you, propose at home, with a nice decoration. Sprinkle rose petals from the front door to where you will get to one knee, hang the best picture of you two to balloons and put some flowers and candles in the room. Simple and effective!
STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN: EXTENDED VERSION
You can also create a rose petal path in the house, leading to different rooms. Decorate each one with balloons, flowers and candles, and write “Will you marry me” with rose petals or sweets on the floor. On the way to the final room, she will see a table nicely laid out for dinner, a filled bath decorated with candles and rose petals. Eventually, the rose petal path will lead her towards you.
OUT OF THE BOX
Put the ring box into several big boxes, according to the principle of Russian dolls, and offer it to your other-half. At first, she will think the present is a huge one, but when she will open it, she will find another smaller box. Once she comes to the final box, be prepared for the big moment…
BODY AND SOUL
If you have hidden massage skills, it will be the moment to prove yourself.
Create a cosy setting, use scented candles and wait for your intended to get home from work. You can also prepare a nice bath for her, before offering her a massage. Leave her left hand to the end and place the ring on her finger, then ask the famous question.
COURSE OF NATURE
If you both love nature and outdoors, find a nice spot in your town or somewhere else.
If you go to the beach, build a sandcastle together and when she isn’t looking, place it on top of the castle, saying that you want her to be your princess forever, for example.
You can also go for the hike in the mountains, and propose to her once you reach a high point. The surrounding landscape will make that moment even more unique.
Forests will also give a magical and mysterious atmosphere to your proposal. Find a secluded spot, plan a picnic with her favorite snacks, and present the little box with the dessert.
And of course, don’t forget the promise ring.
ON THE BLOCK
If you want your whole neighbourhood to know about your intention, you can hang a banner saying “Will you marry me Julia?” you at the roundabout or at the beginning of the street that she needs to take to go home.
You can also hang a banner and fairy lights to the facade of the house. Family and friends can be waiting inside, or you might prefer spending that moment just the two of you.