When you and your partner are ready to take the next step in your relationship, planning a proposal can be nerve-wracking, whether or not you have been dating for years or have just started seeing each other.
Where do you go for inspiration? What props or costumes will help you stand out from the rest? How do you keep her from suspecting anything is up?
Getting down on bended knee and asking your partner to spend their life with you isn’t easy. Even if you’re sure, they will say yes, there are still many things that need to be planned before popping the big question.
Planning a proposal can be stress-free with the right amount of preparation and thought.
We’ve put together a few helpful conversation topics to help you successfully plan and execute your partner’s engagement. From picking an outfit to choosing the perfect location, plenty of little details significantly affect how smoothly everything goes.
1. What Diamond Rings Do You Go For
This is the most critical decision you will make when planning an engagement. The ring can set the tone for the rest of your relationship, so it’s important to pick something your partner loves!
While the diamond solitaire has become the go-to ring for most engagements, it might not be the best fit for you or your partner. Other types of diamond rings are just as beautiful and symbolic as the solitaire, so there’s no need to feel limited by the traditional round.
Take into account your partner’s style, the rest of their wardrobe, and the kind of aesthetic they like to keep. This will help you narrow your options and find a ring that reflects your partner.
2. Picking The Right Outfit(s)
If it’s your first date with your partner, you might be able to get away with wearing a casual outfit. However, if you’re planning a proposal and want to make a good impression, you’ll want to put some extra thought into your outfit.
Make sure to pick an outfit that looks professional and stylish but doesn’t take away from the moment. You don’t want to be so focused on your outfit that the moment isn’t unique, so take a few extra moments to ensure everything is perfect.
If you know your partner’s favorite color is blue, you can wear a blue tie, a blue handkerchief, or even blue socks!
3. Find The Right Proposal Location
As you’re planning a proposal, it’s essential to consider your proposal’s location. This can remind you why you’re such a perfect match.
If you’re planning a beach proposal, for example, you can talk about how you love the beach and always go there when things aren’t going well. You can discuss how you believe that by being together on the beach, your relationship will be stronger than ever!
Just make sure that it’s not too loud and busy. You want to ensure that you’re the focus of the moment, and having a ton of distractions around you might make that difficult.
4. Will You Need Props
While the engagement ring is a traditional prop, there are many ways to make your ritual even more special by adding a unique prop to both of you to help set the mood and personalize your proposal.
A prop kit can contain anything from silly props that make you and your partner laugh to sentimental items that help you tell your story. For example, if your partner loves wine, you could open a bottle and drink it out of two wine glasses engraved with your name. The possibilities are endless; the best part is that you can make these items yourself.
If you and your partner have a favorite hobby, you can incorporate that into the proposal. For example, if your partner loves to garden, you can get a rose bush.
You can also incorporate your partner’s favorite music or words into the ritual. For example, if your partner loves the Beatles, you can use one of their songs as the soundtrack during the ritual!
5. Plan Proposal-Day Activities and Responsibilities
If you want to keep your partner from being suspicious, you’ll want to ensure they aren’t too curious about what you’re up to!
You can tell your partner that you want to do something special for them but that you’re not sure what it is yet. This will keep them wondering and help them avoid getting suspicious about what you might be up to.
If you live together, it’s a good idea to keep these activities a secret, so your partner doesn’t catch on to what you’re up to. For example, you could eat dinner at your partner’s favorite restaurant. You could also plan a day of fun activities, like a trip to the local amusement park or a day at the spa.
This can give you and your partner something to focus on and a way to distract yourselves from what is about to happen. It can also help get both of you in the right mindset for the occasion.
6. Confirm the Date and Time of the Proposal
As you plan a proposal, confirming the date and time with your partner is essential. This will help ensure that you don’t accidentally propose on your partner’s birthday or a special occasion.
You want to ensure that you’re not interrupting anything important in your partner’s life, and confirming the date and time of your proposal will help you do that.
If they have a favorite restaurant they would like to visit or a particular date they would like to go on with you, you can use that as a way to get the date of the proposal confirmed!
The Bottom Line
A proposal is a special occasion that you should be prepared for. With the right amount of time and thought, you can make it memorable and enjoyable for yourself and your partner.
It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been dating or how long you’ve been together, and a proposal is a unique and special opportunity for your partner.
We hope that you’ve found these conversation points helpful and that you can successfully plan and execute a proposal for your partner. Remember, the proposal doesn’t have to be perfect. It just has to be from the heart.