Planning your Proposal
If you are planning to pop the question this Valentine's Day, this week's blog features our top advice to help make this a moment you will treasure forever.
If you're planning on popping the question to your special someone this Valentine's Day - congratulations! While there's no wrong way to ask that person to marry you, there are some ways to help make sure your proposal goes perfectly - here are our top tips:
Do: Make it meaningful
Once you're sure that you're ready to take the next step in your relationship, think about the perfect way to propose and include different elements so that it's special - this is the perfect time to be a little sentimental! Think about key moments from your relationship, whether it's the place you first met, the cinema you went to for your first date, or your favourite restaurant, and draw inspiration from these moments to create your proposal.
Do: Know you audience
The preference for a private or public proposal will be particular to each couple - while some people love the thought of a public display of affection, others will be uncomfortable with being in the spotlight! You'll likely have a good idea of your partner would prefer, but if you have any doubts, it's worth doing your own detective work or asking a trusted mutual friend for their advice!
Don't: Be too trendy
Maybe you've thought of taking your partner to the hottest restaurant in town to pop the question? Or perhaps you've seen a proposal idea online that you'd like to copy? With the advent of social media, proposals have become increasingly elaborate in recent years, as people seek a picture perfect proposal to share on Instagram. While it's only natural to want to make a big celebration out of your engagement, we find that the best proposals are timeless and meaningful to the couple themselves, so don't lose sight of this when you're planning.
Do: Pick the perfect ring
Have a look at the kind of jewellery that your partner wears to get a sense of their style, and pick something that matches their personality. You could also ask their friends if they have any ideas about what they'd like most - but make sure you only ask the advice of those you're sure will be able to keep your secret.
Don't: Let the secret slip!
The more details people know ahead of time, the more risk you run of ruining the surprise! Be wary of this, and only tell people about your plans on a need to know basis. This way, you'll also get to share the news of your engagement together as a couple - which will be much more fun!
Do: Keep the surprises coming
Make an event of it by planning other activities for after your proposal - whether it's an intimate romantic dinner for two or a surprise party with family and friends, make the whole day one you'll never forget.
Do: Enjoy the Moment!
Remember that the proposal is about the two of you deciding to spend the rest of your lives together and the moment is yours as much as theirs. Take time to enjoy the moment together.
Once you have made your proposal, told your family and friends and celebrated, then its time to start planning! Our wedding co-ordinators are on hand to help you get started making your arrangements for your big day.