Marriage Proposal Dos and Don’ts
Popping the big question shouldn’t be taken lightly. It takes careful thought and meticulous planning to come up with the perfect, memorable proposal. Here are the five most common proposal mistakes that can make the big moment less memorable…or memorable for the wrong reason.
Neglecting to Buy a Ring
Your bond goes beyond the material, but proposing without an engagement ring shows a lack of seriousness. A ring is a timeless, tangible representation of your love. Whatever your budget, dropping to one knee with a ring in tow shows the sincerity of your feelings. It tells her that marriage is something you’ve spent time reflecting on and planning for.
Spoiling the Surprise
Even if you’ve discussed marriage already, creating an element of surprise in the proposal is still important. She can have a strong idea that a proposal is on its way, but she doesn’t have to know exactly when and how. Part of maintaining that charm is keeping your plans under wraps.
When you share your plans with a bunch of people, there’s a better chance the plot will get back to her before the time is right. She’ll want to share the great news too, and letting every family member, friend and acquaintance know your intentions ahead of time denies her that pleasure.
Making your proposal a surprise and proposing on a whim are completely different things. While the spontaneously unbridled proposal may seem like sheer gold on paper it comes with a big helping of risk. Sure, asking your girlfriend to spend the rest of her life with you shouldn’t come across like a regimented sales pitch. But some semblance of order and thought shows your girlfriend just how important this moment is to you too.
Executing the perfect proposal takes some planning, whether it’s making dinner reservations at that exclusive restaurant or knowing when to cue the pyrotechnics. Expressing your love from the heart is the most important part, but attention to detail can make the emotional impact all the greater.
Recycling a Tired Proposal Idea
Dinner, candlelight and a single red rose alone aren’t going to cut it during one of the most important moments of your lives together. Pulling a proposal out of the last romantic comedy you sat through together doesn’t scream thoughtful either. A creative, personalized and unforgettable proposal is one that really has to come from the heart. Take her to the site of your first date, play off an inside joke or conjure up a special moment together from the past.
Using a classic proposal can work too, but put your own spin on it. Tailor every aspect to her and your relationship. That can mean getting creative with the ring too. Many jewelers give you the ability to design your own ring from a variety of diamonds and settings so that it perfectly reflects her tastes. She’ll be touched you spent the time, not just the money, to make sure her ring is the perfect sparkling finale to the whole proposal experience.
Picking the Wrong Setting to Pop the Question
While it’s a big moment for you too, make it about her. You may want to pull a Ron Burgundy and shout your love from the mountaintops (or broadcast it to an entire city for that matter) but the stadium JumboTron or a banner attached to a flying plane might not be the proposal venue she always dreamed of. Many women will want a more intimate moment, while some may very well revel in the spotlight. Whatever the case may be, take your girlfriend’s personality into account and pick a setting she’ll be comfortable in.
Trisha Fern loves fashion, engagement rings, and trends, and loves to blog about all of them.