There’s nothing more special than meeting the person you know you want to spend the rest of your life with. Months pass and you grow closer together, you’re there for each other through the ups and downs and feel more connected to this individual than you ever have with anyone else. When you feel that it’s the right time to ask them to marry you, it can be a little nerve wracking- but with the right planning you can make sure it’s a day to remember.
A beautiful ring
In order to propose you’ll of course need a ring, and picking out the perfect piece can be a monumental task. First you need to find out your partner’s ring size, an easy way to do this is to draw around a ring they already own. Preferably it will be one they wear on their ring finger on the other hand, but a jeweller can probably make an educated guess from a ring worn on any other finger too. Next, work out your budget and what materials you want the ring to have. Will you go with a traditional diamond or another kind of stone? Will the metal be yellow gold, white gold, silver or platinum? It’s not about running out and buying the most expensive ring you can, have a think about your partner’s tastes and personality. Do they like more simple clothing and jewellery, or are they a bit more blingy and out there? These kinds of things can help you to make your decision.
The right setting
Once you’ve found the perfect ring, the next step is to decide on the location. Where will you ask them, this will become an important place for both of you for the rest of your lives! Will you whisk them away on a romantic getaway, or will you keep it simple and ask at a beautiful park close to where you live. Will you do it in a public place like a restaurant, or keep it more private? All things to take into consideration.
‘Will you marry me’ is of course an important part of your speech, but knowing what to say both before and after can be helpful. Perhaps you could tell your partner why you want to marry them and express just what they mean to you. Even if you’re deeply in love, being completely open in this way might not be something you do very often and the raw vulnerability can make things even more special and memorable.
Asking your partner if they’ll marry you is one of the biggest moments of your lives. Chances are you’ll want to remember it, so why not hire a photographer? Companies like Andrea Matone are specialists in surprise proposal photography so will be sure to get the snaps you want without giving the game away beforehand.
What do you think makes the perfect proposal? What advice would you give to someone planning to ask their partner to marry them?