Every year an average of 2.4 million weddings are performed in the United States. Of course, tradition still embraces the idea of wedding proposals, which come in all shapes and sizes. Though there’s no right or wrong way to propose the idea of marriage, it’s safe to say that there are some simple tips you can use to ensure that the moment creates a memory that truly lasts a lifetime. Here are just a few top tips to plan a proposal that’s as special as your special someone.
Consider Your Budget
When planning wedding proposals, remember that the memories to be made have nothing to do with how much you spend. That being said, making the occasion extra special through some upscale indulgences is sure to set a mood that both of you will remember for a lifetime. For example, getting a limo to and from your destination is an investment you’re not likely to regret. But keep in mind that limousine drivers average approximately 105 trips every week, so you’ll have to reserve your ride early. Either way, planning a proposal is like giving a gift: it’s truly the thought that counts.
Choose An Emotionally Significant Destination
Regardless of transportation, it helps for you to choose a sentimental or otherwise emotionally significant location to pop the question. It could be the place where you first met, where you had your first date, your first kiss, or anything in between. Nothing is off limits when it comes to choosing a place that will really take your special someone’s breath away.
“The best advice is to keep your future fiancé in mind. Instead of stressing over small details, think about what is actually true to you as a couple. Does this person love or hate surprises? Do you have a special first date spot or anniversary tradition that is really special? The rest will all fall into place!” Jennifer Spector, wedding planning website Zola’s Newlywed-at-Large, recently told Brides.
Record the Moment
Many people are under the impression that it’s best to engage in a large crowd, but studies show the exact opposite: only 3% want their engagement to take place in front of a large crowd. So instead of gathering a crowd, recruit a few special individuals, or ideally, a professional, to capture the moment through digital photography and/or videography.
Be Honest and Sincere
Finally, when it comes time to pop the question, make the moment count. You don’t need to have some sort of long, eloquent speech prepared, but you should be ready to tell your significant other why you want to marry them. What is it about them that makes them so special? Again, you don’t necessarily have to pour your heart out; just make every word count.
Similarly, make sure you’re looking your special someone in the eye during your proposal. People have worn sun-blocking eyewear for about 2,000 years, and though you should feel free to wear them throughout the date if you desire, it’s best to take them off during the proposal itself so that you can look into the eyes and soul of your soon-to-be fiance during each and every word.
Have a Unique Celebration Plan
Finally, it’s always good to have a post-proposal celebration plan in mind for after your special someone says ‘yes.’ Think of their personality before making a final decision: if they’re outgoing, they may prefer an evening out with friends, but if they’re more reserved, they may be happier spending the night at home to enjoy some one on one time with you.
Above all, don’t overthink things. Do what you can to create a special evening, and your significant other is sure to remember their proposal for a lifetime to come.