Planning the Perfect Proposal
Date Posted:14 July 2020
So you think you have found the one? Planning the perfect proposal can be an extremely exciting but stressful time in a person's life. We have a few tips and tricks that will help you pull off the proposal of their dreams. We have been in the engagement industry for over 40 years now, so trust us when we say we have seen it all!
1. Think About It!
This is a big decision, don’t jump in with two feet and just hope for the best. Proposing to your loved one is a major life change and it's a decision that shouldn't be taken lightly. So think about it, is this something that you both want and just as importantly are both ready for?
2. Find The Perfect Ring
So you have decided to take this exciting step and one of the most important things is the ring. This ring is something your partner will wear every day for the rest of their life! Not to put on too much pressure but finding the perfect ring is extremely important. Some things to consider;
Lifestyle – It isn’t just about finding the engagement ring that looks the prettiest. You need to consider their lifestyle, hand size/shape and the type of jewellery that they usually wear i.e. yellow, rose or white? This ring needs to look great but also be realistic for the person to wear every day.
Be realistic with your budget – Something we see far too often is people coming to their jeweller with a clear picture of what they want, to then be disappointed when they find out they need to lower their expectations. Diamonds are expensive so be realistic! There are lots of different options out there however and lab-grown diamonds can be a fantastic choice. Coloured gemstones are also making a comeback in the engagement ring space and can be another beautiful alternative.
Don’t leave it to the last minute - We recommend starting the ring selection or design process 8-12 weeks out from the actual proposal. Often people rush in and want an engagement ring in a couple of weeks and while we try to please every client, this usually isn’t possible in such a short timeframe. In most cases, you can’t just walk into a shop and pick a ring then and there. You will probably have to get it resized and if a custom design is wanted, this takes more time than most people realise. More time can also mean a lower cost. If you visit a professional jeweller, they will look around for the best diamond for your budget, which can take some time.
Know what you are buying – Make sure to go to a reputable jeweller and look for diamonds that are certified.
3. Are They Traditional?
This may not apply to every couple but it is important to consider whether your special someone is traditional. Is your partner someone who would expect you to talk to their family beforehand? This may seem like an outdated tradition and is by no means required in today's society however it can be a nice way to show your respect to her/his family.
4. Location Is Key
Finding the perfect place to ask is very important, but not in the way you may think. You don't have to spend a lot of money and visit an exotic location. If this is something you think your loved one would love (and it’s in your budget) then fantastic however, sometimes bigger isn’t better! Make the location somewhere meaningful and somewhere that whenever they go back to that spot it will remind them of one of the best moments of their life.
5. The How
Ok, so you have the perfect ring, a gorgeous location but HOW are you going to pop the question? Our suggestion is be creative. Some unique ways to propose could include;
Personalised Scavenger Hunt - Yes, this has been done before but it can be such a meaningful and playful way to pop the question.
Recreate your first date - We have had a few clients do this in the past and it has always been a great success.
Get help from Man's Best Friend - Are they a major dog lover? Visit a pretty park with your loved one and furry friend. Without being seen tie a nice note that says "Will You Marry Me?" to your pups collar (we recommend a note not the ring just to be safe) and while they are opening it up, get down on one knee to pop the question. Puppies + Proposals = Perfection!
A few things to avoid:
Ring in the food trick – Don’t do it. Not only is this messy and very cliché but it can also be quite dangerous.
Proposing at a wedding - Don’t steal the limelight of another happy couple on their special day.
Asking in front of the Eiffel Tower, Times Square or Disneyland - It has been done, so many times. Unless one of these places holds a very special meaning to you both, find somewhere else.
Flash Mobs - If this person is someone who doesn’t like attention, avoid flash mobs.
7. Be Prepared
If you're a bit nervous about the whole thing, practice what you want to say to them beforehand. We don’t mean to write a script and memorise it, the last thing you want is to sound unnatural or forced but you could think of a special memory or the ten things you love about them and work out beforehand the general thoughts that you want to express.
8. Capture The Moment
We highly recommend to organise a close family member or friend to take pictures, or better yet if your budget allows it, hire a professional photographer. We can guarantee that your future fiancé will love having photos of such a happy memory to look back on down the track.
9. Just Do It
If you have done all of the above then you are 100% ready to tackle the next big milestone in your life. Good Luck!