For all of you gentlemen who plan to pop the question this season, we have compiled the best advice that will help make your proposal unforgettable.
The idea of a proposal being a complete surprise is incredibly romantic for most people. However, it might not be the most practical way to go about it. It is a good idea to “ask before asking” in other words, consider having a conversation about marriage prior to proposing to ensure that you are both on the same page.
Talk to The Father
Next, ask her father. It may seem old fashioned and overly formal to ask for his daughter’s hand but trust us, you will regret it if you don’t. Get off on the right foot with your future father-in-law by asking for his blessing in person. If you cannot meet in person because he’s out of town for an extended period of time, for example, ask him over the phone via video chat. This should be the last option.
Choose the location
Be sure to pick a place that has special meaning for both of you. This might be the restaurant where you had your first date, the spot where you shared your first kiss, to name a few examples. Consider whether she would prefer to be proposed to in a public setting or in private. If you are unsure but don’t want to spoil the surprise by directly asking her, try running your idea by her friends or family. They can be a great resource to bounce ideas off of.
P.S. If you are from the local area, read our blog about the best places to propose in Cincinnati, Ohio!
Book a Photographer
Capture the moment. This is a moment that neither of you will ever forget, but just in case, it is always nice to have pictures. For instance, some couples might choose to have a friend or family member snap a couple of photos from a hidden spot out of view, while others hire an incognito photographer.
Rehearse Your Words
Think carefully about your words. Don’t feel like you have to write and memorize a speech but it is important that it comes from the heart and does not sound generic nor rehearsed.
Remember to Breathe…
Finally, remember your proposal doesn’t necessarily have to be elaborate or extravagant, but it should be special and well thought out. This is a moment that she has been dreaming about since she was a little girl, make sure it is one that she will remember for the rest of her life!