So you’ve bought the ring, or at least know what you're after. You know that this is the right move for you, and you are ready to commit to a long-term relationship. Hopefully, you will even know who you are going to propose to! So now comes the really hard part – the marriage proposal itself. This article takes a look at all the various aspects of marriage proposals and provides a gentle introduction as to what awaits...
In years to come, you will look back and reminisce on the proposal, and it is a time that should evoke joyous memories, the odd laugh and perhaps a tear or two. Deciding when, where and how to propose are age-old questions, and put simply it is a very personal thing and there is definitely not a right or wrong answer.
But before rushing too far ahead, a couple of pointers that you may wish to think about in advance of the momentous moment.
Firstly, just make sure that you keep your plans under your hat a little. The more people you tell the more chance there is of the word getting out and spoiling the surprise. It also puts you under unnecessary additional pressure, if something goes wrong and you need to delay it to a later date the last thing you need is people checking how everything went.
And secondly you may wish to think about whether she will be expecting the formality of a traditional proposal where you will have ‘asked for her hand’ from her father. Even if she’s not expecting it, it could earn you some brownie points with the prospective in-laws - and that’s never a bad thing (especially give the fact that they could well be paying for lots of elements of the marriage!).
If you are planning to go down this route, remember to think about what to say very carefully, taking time to stress how you plan to look after his pride and joy for the rest of your life and how much you care for each other. There will be plenty of time to have a laugh and a joke with your father-in-law to be in the future, but this may not be the best time to start!
With these two things in mind, it is now time to think about when you plan to propose, where you plan to do it, and what you’re going to say.
When To Propose?
There's definitely no 'right' time and date to propose, but there are certain days and events that you'll want to avoid.
April Fools Day, Friday the 13th's and other people's weddings are certainly dates to approach with caution, but there are others so make sure you have thought the proposal date through carefully. Our When To Propose article is a great place to start when heading down this path.
Where To Propose?
For some it's at the top of the Eiffel Tower, for others it's snuggled up in front of an open fire. Whether you plan to blow the bank on the proposal venue or would prefer to keep it simple, there's a host of options that await and you need to consider all of your options. For some great advice on choosing the perfect location, check out our Where to Propose tips and ideas.
How To Propose?
Location and date are one thing, the words you use to propose marriage to the person you'll spend the rest of your life with are another. OK, so you may think you've got this one covered, but for those of you who are uncertian, take you time and plan it out - our How To Propose article could well be worth a read too.
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