The Perfect Proposal

You’ve found the right person. You’ve found the right ring. Now you have to find the right moment to pop the question. So how do you make your proposal turn out flawlessly? We have plenty of tried-and-true tips to help you, but overall, it all comes down to just one thing: effort. Putting in real effort, thought and love into your proposal makes all the difference. Remember, your proposal doesn’t have to change the world. It just has to show your partner that they mean the world to you.

Here are a few tips that will help you along the way:

Know the Answer:

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Your proposal should be surprising, but it shouldn’t come directly out of left field. Before you pull a ring out, have a good idea how your partner will respond. “Will you marry me?” shouldn’t be your first discussion on the subject.

Rules of the Engagement (Ring)

Here’s where a little bit of effort goes a long way. If you’re still deciding on a diamond engagement ring, consider doing some window-shopping with your partner prior to making a purchase. If you want to keep things more secretive, talk to your partner’s friends and family, to get a feel for their taste. Another option is to use a stand-in ring for the proposal, a solitaire mounting with a round diamond always works well, and then bring your fiancé in later so we can customize the ring to their desires.

Ask Permission, Not Forgiveness

Before you take a knee, take the time to speak with your partner’s father first. Asking permission is a tradition that we’ve carried since the Roman times, and it’s a great way to make a good impression on your future in-laws.

Be Creative

Many people will get engaged around a holiday, usually a day or two before so they can have a private moment as a couple and then share their exciting news with family and friends who have gathered for the holiday.  One of our favorite proposal memories was when a relative of ours got engaged on his birthday telling his future bride: The best birthday gift would be hearing you say, ‘Yes’ and, of course, she did!

No matter what you do for your perfect proposal, just be sure to put your heart into it.

Here are a few ideas to get your started:

Location, Location, Location

Propose via video or in person from an extreme location – atop a mountain, while skydiving, or on the shores of a romantic and faraway beach.

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In an intimate setting, preferably one with family and friends waiting nearby, drop to one knee and let your heart do the talking.

Spread the News

Your fiancé will most likely handle this for you, but make sure to share the big news with people you know. You might also consider sending out an engagement announcement.

Celebrate

You did it! Consider toasting your engagement with a night on the town, a glass of bubbly or a celebration with friends and family.