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February 2024

10 Tips to Plan the Most Romantic Proposal

Planning to propose on Valentine’s Day? Make it unforgettable and utterly romantic with these 10 proposal tips.

It’s February, and love is in the air! If you’ve found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with, Valentine’s Day could be a romantic date to pop the question.
Chances are, she’s been waiting a while for this moment, so you want to make it as romantic and memorable as possible–and a proposal that she actually wants! You’ve only got one shot at the perfect proposal, and you know everyone is going to want the story, so here we go through 10 things you can’t forget to do before you propose.

1. Make Sure She Also Wants to Get Married

Before you buy the ring, have you sounded out your partner on whether she’s also thinking about marriage right now? Make sure you talk to her about the future and how you see your lives together. Don’t give the game away; keep the discussion broad and about the future, or lead into it with someone else’s recent engagement or a wedding you just attended. Making sure she’s also ready to get married will help you feel more confident when you propose.

2. Shop for the Ring

The engagement ring is not just a symbol of your commitment, it’s also an item of jewellery that she will likely wear every day for the rest of her life. Therefore, it’s important to choose a ring that she will really love, and that resonates with her style and preferences. Pay attention to hints she may have dropped, sneak looks at her Pinterest boards or Instagram saved items, or consult with her girlfriends or family if you’re unsure. Get her ring size by making a note of a ring she owns. Remember, the sentiment behind the ring is what truly matters, so focus on what you believe will make your partner feel loved and cherished.

Celene and Brandon’s Romantic Surprise Proposal at Blankbox by Lens of Mira

3. Start with Personalisation

Secured the ring? It’s time to craft the perfect proposal. The key to a memorable proposal is personalisation. Think about what makes your relationship unique. Reflect on significant moments, shared interests, or private jokes that define your bond. Incorporating these elements can make the proposal feel incredibly special and tailored to your partner’s personality and preferences. It’s not about the grandeur but how much thought you put into making the moment feel like a celebration of your unique love story.

4. Choose the Right Venue

To choose the right venue, first think about whether your partner would prefer an intimate moment between just the two of you somewhere private, or if she would love a surprise surrounded by all of her family and friends. The location of your proposal sets the scene for this significant moment in your lives. Whether it’s a place that holds special memories for both of you, a dream destination, or a quiet, intimate setting at home, the right location can enhance the romance and significance of the moment. Consider what will make your partner feel most loved and comfortable, whether it’s a sunset beach, a posh restaurant, or your living room adorned with candles and flowers.

5. Timing is Everything

If you’re planning to pop the question on Valentine’s Day, the date is inherently romantic. You could also choose to propose on a significant date that reflects a special moment in your relationship, such as the anniversary of when you first met or your first date. Alternatively, planning a surprise on a day when your partner least expects it can make the proposal even more thrilling and memorable.

6. Setting the Scene

Now that you’ve got a date and venue, it’s time to think about how to set the scene. Consider hiring a professional stylist to create the romantic ambience for you, with florals, candles, and a classic “Marry Me” sign. Take your beloved down memory lane with photos of your dating journey, which sets the emotional scene by reminding her of all you’ve been through together, and all the beautiful moments you’ve shared.

Valerie and Keith’s Surprise Proposal at The Secret Patio by Wedding Authors

7. Capture the Moment

Whether you opt for a professional photographer hidden nearby or set up your camera to capture the moment, having a visual memory of your proposal can be priceless. These photos or videos will be cherished for years to come, allowing you and your partner to relive the moment and share it with friends and family. When you’re setting up the proposal, make sure to test out your camera angles so you know just where to go down on one knee.

8. Pen Your Promises

What do you say before you ask the all important question? Your proposal speech should come from the heart, and express why you love your partner and want to spend the rest of your life with her. Make her feel loved and excited. Make it a speech to remember. Jot down your thoughts before your proposal and practise a couple of times, so that you don’t forget what you want to say when the nerves hit.

9. Wait for the Right Moment

Yes, you might feel really nervous, but don’t rush the proposal if the timing doesn’t feel right. Whether it’s an interrupting waiter, a larger or noisier than expected crowd, or the sun about to set, take a deep breath and wait till the perfect, no distractions moment presents itself.

10. Feel All the Feels

The most memorable proposals come right from the heart. Share your feelings, express why you want to spend your life with your partner, and what makes your relationship special. Your words and the love in your eyes, more than anything, will make the moment truly unforgettable. After you ask the question, give your partner the space to scream, cry, or otherwise take a moment to absorb the situation. Once they’ve calmed down enough to say yes, slide the ring onto their left ring finger, and give your new fiancee a hug.

Planning a Valentine’s Day proposal doesn’t have to be daunting. By focusing on personalisation, choosing the right setting, and speaking from the heart, you can create a moment that perfectly encapsulates your love and commitment. Remember, it’s the thought, effort, and love you put into the proposal that will make it perfect for you and your partner.

Credits: Feature image from Tessa and Sean’s Disney-Inspired Proposal at the Raffles Singapore Fountain by Super Panda Presents

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10 Tips to Plan the Most Romantic Proposal