The story of how you proposed will hopefully be told to friends and strangers for the rest of your lives, so make it a good one!
Women often say that the second they realize what is happening they get so overwhelmed with emotion they forget everything he said. To ensure that the memories of why you love her and want to marry her are captured forever, try incorporating a personal keepsake into your proposal and find a way to capture the moment.
When you spend a lot of time planning a proposal, you want to make sure to remember every detail of the big day. If you want the best pictures possible, engage a professional photographer. If you are happy with the photographers work, you can then also engage him or her for your wedding photography, giving you peace of mind that everything will be captured the way you like it.
The best proposals are the ones that have special meaning for the two of you. To get you thinking of how best to go about it, here are some ideas for you to start from (or go here for home proposals).
1. Scavenger Hunt
Think of a few places that are meaningful to your relationship and send your partner and a couple of her friends to find them. Have notes describing what each place signifies. At the end of the scavenger hunt, propose and have all the friends and family members involved in planning the day there to celebrate after.
Hint 1: Throw in a salon appointment, massage or a stop at a boutique to pick out a new outfit.
Hint 2: Pick the most picturesque place for the proposal.
Hint 3: Try to keep all of your clues in the same town
2. Create a milestone video
Use your smartphone to make a video of you at all the places that are meaningful to your relationship. Tell your lover why these moments were so special to you and your relationship. You can show this movie to her at home or in front of friends and family members. This unique marriage proposal ensures you have the memory for years and years to come.
3. Mountain Hike Wedding Proposal
What better place to propose than at the end of a beautiful hike on top of a mountain? It’s symbolic of your journey, and chances are, the view at the top will be breathtaking
4. Create a Book or Album
Books or photo albums are a great way to chronicle your own relationship and you will have a keepsake to hold onto for the rest of your lives. Create a scrapbook for her with pictures from all of your big moments as a couple. Write down what you are planning to tell her, so she can always look back and reread why you love her. If you can, make a video telling her all the reasons you want to marry her. Maybe incorporate family and friends by having them in the video saying what they love about the two of you as a couple.
Having your partner remember all your great moments as a couple before you get down on one knee, is also a great way to build up all the emotion. Make sure to include feelings you had with each memory and a note on the last page that says, “Will you marry me?”
Hint: Leave an empty page at the end for photos and emotions from the marriage proposal
5. Organize a Flash Mob
Not the newest trend any more, but still a great way to propose, with lots of energy and emotion. Use music that means something to you both. Do not use this kind of proposal if your partner is very shy.
Hint: Have some friends and family join in as well
6. 'Magic' Proposal
Even if you are not a magician, anyone can learn a cool trick by watching some YouTube videos. Magic tricks are a creative and unique way to add a little spice to any proposal. If you want to go one step further: go to a magic show and get the magician on stage to help you with your proposal or for more privacy engage a magician to come to your place
7. Musical Proposal
Music is the language of love and emotion. From flash mobs and music videos to concerts and romantic serenades at sunset, there are endless ways to incorporate music into your marriage proposal.
If you are a creative singer and want an intimate proposal, write a song about the way you feel when you’re with her and how you’ll grow old together!
Hint: Use a song that is meaningful to both of you.
8. Wedding Proposals with animals
Whether it’s the old dog you’ve had since it was a pup or the adorable new kitten your partner has been dreaming of, cute animals make any proposal ten times cuter. You know your relationship and time constraints, so if it’s a new pet, choose an animal you will both love and can care for.
Hint: Keep your proposal indoors, so there is no chance of your new pet running away with your ring
9. Sunset Wedding Proposal
A perfect sunset is the epitome of romance, and it can be the perfect background to an unforgettable marriage proposal. To pull off the perfect sunset proposal, you really have to find the right location. Tamborine Mountain has a couple of perfect spots for this – at the end of Beacon Road (more private) or at the hangliders (better views)
Hint: From the moment you know when you want to propose, check the average weather for that time of the year. When it gets closer to the date, keep checking for any bad weather forcasts that may require postponing your proposal
10. Floral Wedding Proposal
Give her a surprise proposal bouquet and for added impact, arrange floral décor at your proposal site. For a romantic touch, get symbolic with the number of flowers that you use. For example, if you have known each other for 5 years, give her a 5-rose bouquet. Share the symbolism of your flower choice with her.
Hint: Each year on your proposal anniversary, you can add another flower to the bouquet, instantly transporting her back to the magical moment of the proposal.
Useful Proposal Tips
1. Make sure you capture the perfect memory of your proposal on camera.
2. Make sure your love feels and looks her best for the big day. Make an excuse for her to dress up without revealing your plan.
3. Part of the excitement of getting engaged is the surprise of the proposal. Make sure none of your friends and family involved in the event will give the surprise away.
4. If you don't want your family and friends there for the entire proposal, find a way to keep them present but not crowding around when you propose.
5. When travelling to a special location, take care of the ring. If you’re flying, take it in carry-on, but not in your pocket, as the metal detectors will go off and spoil the surprise.
6. If you propose on Tamborine Mountain, take into consideration that the evenings can be breezy and cool, so have her pack a jumper - you don't want her to be more focused on how cold she is than on you.
7. Wear her favourite shirt of yours, or dress to coordinate with her outfit for pictures.
8. You can use the proposal photos on your invitation for your upcoming wedding invitations
10. Instead of proposing at the end of the night, after all the activities you planned, start off with the proposal and then enjoy an evening filled with romantic events. That way, you won't be nervous all night.
11. Whatever you do, don't read your proposal. You must look into her eyes and talk from the heart. If you are really nervous, jot down some key phrases or things you want to mention on a "cheat sheet". Speak slowly and don't forget to breathe.
12. If you are ‘old school’ and asked her parents for their blessing beforehand, try to capture that moment and show her. If she has children (from a previous marriage), ask them as well.