Getting down on one knee and asking your partner to marry you is one of the most important questions you’ll ever ask. It is also one of the most nerve-wracking, and you may find yourself backing out at the last minute on a few occasions. However, your partner might grow suspicious of such shifty behavior, which can only lead to your proposal becoming even more stressful rather than the romantic declaration of love you intended. Preparation is key for keeping proposal stress to a minimum, so here are some tips for how you can prepare for an unforgettable proposal.
The engagement ring is an important part of the proposal and acts as a symbol of your commitment to your partner and your promise to marry them. However, you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a ring that your partner doesn’t like, so make sure you get it right. Have a look in their jewelry box to get an idea of their taste in jewelry. Will they prefer a glamourous statement diamond or a more understated piece with a classic cut? Check out Glam Jewelry for ideas for cute engagement rings. You might ultimately decide to play it safe and propose using a cheap dummy ring, then shopping for an engagement ring together so that your fiancée can choose one exactly to their taste.
The location in which you get down on one knee can help to make the occasion even more special; however, it is important that you know what would make your partner feel most comfortable. Do they dream of a public declaration of love surrounded by admiring bystanders, or would they prefer a more intimate affair shared by just the two of you? When you have an idea of how they would like to be proposed to, you can start making arrangements. Book a table at that exclusive restaurant, invite any desired guests or organize a surprise getaway.
Plan what you will say
Proposing is a very stressful situation, and once you have taken the plunge, it’s all too easy to get tongue-tied and make a bumbling mess of your declaration of love. Take some time beforehand to plan what you are going to say. If you think that you will get too nervous in the heat of the situation, you could propose using a written message, such as a notecard slipped into your partner’s restaurant menu or a banner. If you do find yourself becoming overwhelmed, remember that a simple and heartfelt proposal of marriage will usually suffice.
Celebrate with champagne
Make sure that you have a bottle of champagne, or other celebratory drink of your choice, on standby for after your proposal. Hopefully, your partner has said ‘yes’, and you will both be celebrating together and calming your nerves. If your proposal has not been as successful as you would have liked, you will still appreciate having a drink on standby to drown your sorrows.