How to Plan the Perfect Proposal

Proposal Set-Up with Lighted Curly Willow Arch

You have decided to pop the question. Now, where do you go from there? From deciding what ring to purchase to creating the perfect time to get down on one knee, there are just too many options to consider. Luckily, these are our top 5 tips on how to make any proposal absolutely memorable.

1.) Outsource the Engagement Ring

Most proposals start with the purchase of a ring. This in itself can be a monumental task. Do you go with a gold or a silver band? What kind of diamond should you get? Is there something less traditional you could do? Don’t get bogged down with questions. Instead, do a small investigation. First, look to see what jewelry your significant other currently wears. Do their necklaces or earrings usually have gold, rose gold, or silver in them? If they do, then try a band that matches their current style.
You can also see if they have a Pinterest board. Many of the couples I work with have been dreaming of their wedding for years. Pinterest is a fantastic way to organize all of their dreams in one place. See if they have a wedding board or even a jewelry board. You may find an assortment of engagement rings pre-picked. If they don’t have a Pinterest account, ask a trusted friend or family member if your partner has ever described or pointed out a specific ring. You’ll be able to find their perfect ring without spoiling the surprise.

2.)Proposal Nails Matter

Once you have a ring, you will want to make sure your partner’s hand is ready to wear it. This does not mean you need to send them off for a big spa day, though it certainly doesn’t mean you can’t. But make sure that their hands and nails look healthy and clean. Nag them or have friends nag them about chipped nail polish or offer them a lovely hand massage with lotion. Anything to keep their hands looking and feeling healthy and smooth. Why is it so important? Everyone, and I mean everyone, will be asking to see the ring and take pictures of their hand with the ring. So do them a favor, and keep those hands in tip-top shape.

3.)Capture the Moment

Speaking of taking pictures of their hands with the ring, hire a photographer to capture the moment your significant other says yes. When you are getting ready to go down on one knee, the adrenaline starts pumping and it can feel like a whirlwind of emotions. The moment can pass by in a blur. By hiring a photographer, you can relive the memory and remember every detail in perfect clarity.

4.)Consider a Coordinator

As I said before, your adrenaline is going to be pumping. Take off some of the pressure to make everything perfect by hiring a coordinator. We will help you develop ideas, coordinate times with photographers and venues, decorate, and manage anything that comes up unexpectedly. Some of us even have brand new proposal packages that include photographers like Catlin Humes, Chantel VanDriessche, or Valerie Joy and a congratulatory basket with gifts from vendors like Mo’s Cupcakes and Endless Sweets, TNT Floral Shop, Rissa’s Roses, and more (pardon my unchecked sales pitch)! A coordinator acts as your secret weapon to make everything go as you planned so you can relax and focus on what and who truly matters.

5.)Make it Personal

Above all else, no matter what ring you pick or who you decide to hire or not hire, the best advice I can give to you is to make it personal. Whether you choose to do a big grand gesture or something small and intimate, make your proposal unique to them and your relationship. That’s what makes it special. That’s what makes it a perfect proposal.

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