You don't need to travel to far-flung locations to sweep your partner off their feet! Here, Jack Jahan, from Ramsdens Jewellery, shares his tips for planning a memorable and romantic proposal close to home.
When asked to imagine the perfect proposal, many of us picture getting down on one knee in front of the Eiffel Tower or as the sun sets on an exotic beach. But the truth is that you don't need to travel far from home to make your proposal memorable and romantic!
Choose the perfect location
Popping the question somewhere that has personal meaning can be extremely romantic. There will probably be lots of nearby locations where you and your fiancé- or fiancée-to-be share happy memories — perhaps the park where you first met or the beach you both love to visit. Of course, you could always propose at home.
You could even create a scavenger hunt, writing notes or using photos to lead them to the next destination. At the end, they'll find you down on one knee!
Alternatively, why not find a local beauty spot, such as a waterfall, where you can create new memories? You'll love revisiting in the future and reminiscing about your engagement. Simply suggest going somewhere nice for a walk and you can maintain the element of surprise.
Before taking your other half to your proposal spot, it's a good idea to scope the place out so you can check it's everything you were hoping for. For example, if your partner is unlikely to be a fan of a public proposal, make sure to earmark a place that's nice and secluded.
Think about what you're going to say
Beyond actually popping the question, it's a good idea to think about what you want to say during your proposal.
Learning a full speech could make your proposal feel unnatural, while winging it completely could be a recipe for disaster — especially if you're nervous. A good compromise is noting a few key things you'd like to say about why you'd like to spend the rest of your life with them and when you realised they were The One.
You could also get your environment to do some of the talking for you. From organising for the kids to pop out with a handmade "Will you marry me?" sign to drawing chalk hearts on the pavement in preparation, there are lots of creative ways to use the nearby location to your advantage.
Choose the perfect ring (or token ring)
An engagement ring is generally a big investment and something your partner will wear every day, so, unless you're confident what they want, it might be best to propose with a token ring. You can then pick out the "forever" ring (or something else) together after they've said yes.
At this stage, the gesture is the main thing. Plus, when their engagement ring arrives, you have another excuse to celebrate and take photos!
Plan the rest of the day
You'll want to keep the romance going after your proposal, so make sure to plan what you're going to do for the remainder of the day.
One of the great things about proposing close to home is that you can book a table at your favourite local restaurant. There's no need to spend hours on TripAdvisor trying to find the perfect place!
If going out is off the cards or doesn't appeal, what could be more romantic than a picnic? Weather allowing!
You also have the option to order in or cook something special at home. Leave a bottle of champagne chilling in the fridge so that you can toast the occasion as soon as you return, and make sure you have candles and rose petals ready to set the scene for your loved-up evening in.
To really up the romance, create a special playlist featuring all your favourite love songs. You could even create a photo slideshow or video featuring all your treasured memories together.
Good luck with your proposal! Whatever you decide, we're sure that it will be an incredibly special day for you both.
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