Many girls dream about their partner getting down on one knee and asking them to be their wife – some may even plan to pop the question themselves.
It is a huge and very important moment and so requires careful thought and planning. You will be telling the story of the day you said ‘yes’ to your children and even grandchildren for many years to come.
But, before you do anything, you need to choose the perfect ring – take a look at these beautiful ones from Diamonds Factory that you can customise to suit your partner’s taste. Once you have the ring, you need to decide how you are actually going to ask the all-important question. This can be as understated or elaborate as you wish.
Perhaps you have always known how you would do it, maybe there is somewhere of special significance to you or you might be trying to think of something that is both creative and romantic?
If it is the latter, then read on for some ideas and inspiration…
1. Propose With a Puppy
Is your girlfriend desperate for a dog of her own? Then the day you surprise her with one, make it extra special by attaching the engagement ring to the collar of a sweet little puppy. After she gets over the initial excitement that cute bundle of hers, she will have a second surprise when she spots the diamond. If you are worried about losing the ring or it not being noticed, then have a name tag created but instead of the dog’s name have it feature your question. Then, if she is too caught up in the moment to notice, you can suggest she takes a look at the name.
2. Ask the Question in a Photo Booth
This is the perfect way to surprise your partner and capture the moment. Plan a fun day out around it and when the time feels right suggest that you jump in a photo booth so you have a special memory of the day. (Just make sure you know where the photo booths are beforehand, so you aren’t desperately searching for one!) Strike a pose and then as the first photo clicks produce the ring and capture her reaction in the next three. Wait for the film to develop and then see it for yourself – perfect to look back on for years to come.
3. An Adventurous Proposal
Do you and your partner love the thrill of an adventurous activity? If so, this is the perfect way to pop the question. Adrenaline junkies could take to the skies for a skydive and present the ring as you are falling through the clouds (ensure you keep a good grip on the ring box!) or even have your question spelt out on the ground for her to spot as you come in to land.
4. Recreate Your First Date or the Place You Met
How did you spend your first date? Why not recreate it, so it brings back all those happy memories.
Or if possible, consider asking the question in the spot where you first met.
When McFly’s Tom Fletcher proposed to his childhood sweetheart Giovanna he decided to do it where they met – at school. She arrived at the building, which was in the process of being renovated, to find him surrounded by roses and candles.
5. Flash Mob Proposal
If your girlfriend wouldn’t mind the proposal taking place in a public place with an audience, then this could be the perfect proposal for you. The specific details – such as where and how it happens are up to you – but sometimes the more everyday the situation, the better the surprise. Take a look at The 19.57 from Euston for inspiration.
6. A Year-Long Proposal
Take inspiration from this proposal that went viral when Dean proposed to Jennifer in Aruba a year after he started planning it. After being seated on the beach she was given a video to watch which showed her (now) husband asking the questions everyday for a year. He wanted to show that she had been in his thoughts everyday, so after 365 days of asking the question on screen he appeared to ask in person as the sun set over the sea behind them.
7. A Scavenger Hunt
Send your significant other off on a scavenger hunt, which leads them to places that mean something to the two of you and ends in the most important spot of all, where she will find you on one knee ready to ask that very important question.
8. Spell it Out
Take your other half for a romantic walk and then either have strangers or family and friends ready to spell it out when you reach the required spot. Give them each a letter, perhaps on a t-shirt, umbrella or piece of paper and have them turn round when you are ready to ask. Just make sure they are in the right order!
9. Create a Movie Trailer
Another proposal that went viral was the movie trailer created to be played at a local cinema. Matt sends his girlfriend Ginny off to see the film with her brother but little did she know she would become part of it. You might want to replicate this or take inspiration and do it on a smaller scale during movie night at home.
10. Serenade Her with a Song
If you can sing, why not write a song and serenade your love with it? Add in some instruments – either playing them yourself or calling in a favour from a friend who can – then you just have to choose the perfect setting. If you are worried that you will be too nervous, why not pre-record it or hire a singer to do it on your behalf?
Feeling inspired? Make that moment truly special with one of these ideas and have an engagement story you’ll enjoy re-telling forever more.