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The 8 Best Tips for Planning the Perfect Proposal

Posted by Burrells on Jul 11, 2018 4:09:53 PM

Beautiful proposal in Santorini

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Congratulations! You’ve decided to put a ring on it! But now comes the tough part – planning the perfect proposal.

Whether you’re a man or a woman, proposing is a nerve-wracking business. You’re asking the person you love the most to spend the rest of their life with you, and it’s enough to make the toughest of us wobble a little.

What’s more, you want to get the proposal just right. This is one of the defining moments of your lives. When it comes to proposing, it really does pay to worry about the details.

So, what does the perfect proposal look like? The truth is that the perfect proposal looks different for every couple. The important thing here is to take some time to create a proposal that is a meaningful reflection of your unique relationship.

Still feeling nervous? Check out our top 8 tips for planning the perfect proposal below.


Tip 1: Plan the Time and the Place

Proposing shouldn’t be something you do on a whim. It’s not a question you want to blurt out while you are at the supermarket or lounging in front of Netflix. This is a significant event, and this should be reflected in your planning.

Think about places that are meaningful to you as a couple or a special trip you have planned that might present an opportunity.

You should also try to choose a quiet moment, where possible. Proposing at the top of the Eiffel Tower may seem idyllic on paper but trying to pop the question when bustling through bank holiday crowds isn’t ideal.

The trick here is to carefully think through both the meaning of the location and the logistics.

Beautiful proposal in Positano, Italy

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Tip 2: Choose the Perfect Ring

A proposal should always come with a ring, and this can be the most challenging part of the whole experience.

A sneaky look at your partner’s current jewellery collection can help to provide a sense of their style, and don’t be afraid to seek out the advice of friends and family (discreetly)!

A good jeweller will also help you to pick out a style that suits both your budget and your partner’s taste.

At Burrells, we have been helping couples to find their perfect engagement ring for over 40 years. Our friendly experts help to guide you through the whole process, from beginning to end.

If you are looking for a ring, check out The Ultimate Guide to Finding an Engagement Ring. Our experts cover everything you need to know, from cost and diamond grades, to metal types and style. 


Engagement photo - couple holding hands, wearing a diamond engagement ring and watch

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Tip 3: Involve the People you Love (or Don't)

Some couples choose to make their engagement a family and friends affair, with everything from surprise parties to flash mobs involving all their nearest and dearest.

This can be an amazing way to propose when done with care, but it isn’t for everyone. Try to think really carefully about what you want from your proposal moment and what your partner would enjoy. This is a moment to get selfish and do things your way.

Beautiful proposal outdoors (How He Asked / Pinterest)

Beautiful nature proposal with family (How He Asked / Pinterest)

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Tip 4: Make It Personal 

This is one of the most personal moments of your entire life, so it makes sense to make every part of your proposal unique to who you are as a couple.

From cooking their favourite meal to playing ‘your’ song or proposing at the spot where you shared your first kiss. Make it all about you! The proposal will be all the more special for it.

Safari proposal with a giraffe (How He Asked / Pinterest)

Photo credit: www.howheasked.com


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Tip 5: Plan What You Want to Say

This might sound obvious, but when overwhelmed with emotion it can be very easy to forget that heartfelt speech you were planning. Some people even forget to actually ask the question, leaving their partner more than a little confused!

Make some notes beforehand on your phone or a couple of note cards and glance at them just before you do the deed. Trust us; you’ll be glad you over prepared.

Oh, and make sure whatever you choose to say is personal, romantic and honest. This is one time it’s entirely acceptable to get soppy.

For tips on what to say when you propose, this article on The Knot is really helpfulPlanning Your Proposal? Here's What to Say and How to Say It.


Woman with an iced coffee on her phone


Tip 6: Choose the Traditions That Mean Something to You Both

There are lots of traditions surrounding proposing and not all of them fit every couple. Perhaps getting down on one knee feels just plain silly, or your partner is definitely not the type who would want you to ask their parents’ permission.

It all gets even more confusing when you’re part of a same-sex couple. Sometimes tradition is a nice way to nod to the past and make the moment even more meaningful; sometimes it’s just an extra bit of fuss that you don’t need.

Embrace the traditions you want; however, you want. This is your moment, and there are no rules.

Proposal with a dog (How He Asked / Pinterest)

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Tip 7: Don’t Forget to Capture The Moment

This is a big deal! And such a wonderful event. You are going to want to capture this memory. So, make sure you have a camera or smartphone with charge available to snap the moments after he or she says a huge, YES!

If you would like a little more from your engagement pictures (something that goes beyond the obligatory ring selfie) then why not get a friend or family member to be on discreet standby as your personal engagement photographer?

You could even hire a professional to create stunning pictures you will treasure forever. It will be worth the investment.


Proposal (Pinterest)

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Tip 8: Relax

This may be the most important tip of all. Relax! This is meant to be enjoyable. You are planning to celebrate your love in one of the most intimate and magical ways possible. So, take a deep breath and try to stay in the moment.

The fact is, you may well fluff your lines, or accidentally kneel in a puddle but none of that matters if the person you love says yes. Enjoy your special moment; this will only happen once.


Beautiful proposal in Santorini (How He Asked / Pinterest)

Photo credit: www.howheasked.com


Do you have any questions?

Are you planning the perfect engagement? Are you looking for a ring that will dazzle your special someone?

At Burrells we have a fantastic team of engagement ring experts (with decades of experience between them) who are always on hand to answer any questions you may have.

They can give advice or guide you through our beautiful collections and help you make the most important jewellery purchase of your life.

Visit Burrells today or get in touch here and start to make your proposal a reality.

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