It's a big old world out there and choosing where to utter some of the most important words of your life is quite a daunting task. This article provides ideas and top tips on how to choose where to propose.
Tip #1 - Don't Break the Bank
When considering where to propose, the number one tip is to only go somewhere that's comfortably within your budget. It's likely that the engagement ring itself has, or will, cost you a small fortune, and with a wedding on the horizon to pay for, do you really need to dip into your overdraft to pay for an overseas trip?
It's a common misconception that for a romantic and memorable marriage proposal you need to jet off to one of the so-called 'romantic capitals' of the world. We're not going to deny that each of these locations offers a unique romantic air which other cities may struggle to match, but around each and around corner there lies a perfect marriage proposal location just waiting to be discovered.
So, whilst whisking your partner away for a break to remote desert island sounds like a fantastic idea, just bear in mind that you do have options. A beautiful restaurant, down by the riverside or even snuggled up on the couch in front of an open fire - all of these locations will convey just as much love and emotion as an overseas trip, but at a fraction of the price.
Tip #2 - Choose Somewhere You Feel Comfortable
The last thing you need when trying to engineer a practically perfect situation, is to be somewhere that both you and your partner feel uncomfortable. If posh restaurants aren’t your thing and 5 star relaxing breaks don’t float your boat, then steer clear and choose somewhere you will be able to feel at ease.
If you aren't able to relax, then your proposal will be less than natural and you may even forget what you were planning to say. With all this in mind, if you do have any doubts about a location when considering where to propose, look elsewhere.
Tip #3 - Consider When You Plan to Propose
When thinking about where to propose, you should also give close consideration as to when you would like the marriage proposal to take place. On the top of a snowy peak whilst out skiing may sound lovely, but if it is summer and the snow has all melted then you may look a little odd in ski boots and a bobble hat. Likewise, you may also need to be a little flexible on dates – for example, weather can delay things like helicopter and hot air balloon flights, so be aware of such things in advance.
Tip #4 - Consider How You Plan to Propose
As well as when and where to propose, how you plan to propose should also come into your thinking at this time. It's fine planning a marriage proposal for Paris, but it's awfully big city, so have an idea of how you plan to pop the question before you jet off.
Tip #5 - Remember the Ring!
Wherever you go, don't forget about the ring - on two fronts. Firstly, you obviously need to remember to physically take it with you (believe us, they have been forgotten before!). Secondly, if you haven't already, make sure it is adequately insured. Home insurance may already cover such high-priced valuables, but if you are taking it overseas for a marriage proposal, then you may need to look for additional cover.
Wherever you select for your marriage proposal, just remember to choose somewhere memorable. Be it at home, abroad, under the sea or in mid-air it matters not, what's important is that you choose somewhere that you can look back on with fondness. So take your time, and choose wisely.
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