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How to Plan the Perfect Proposal

Friday May 12, 2023
Holly Diamond

Once you have decided you want to propose to your significant other, chances are that you want to make the proposal as special as they are. You will want to make it memorable for all the right reasons, as well as hoping that they say yes.

It is likely that proposing has been on your mind for a while; it is rarely as totally spontaneous as they make it look in the movies, after all. You may have some idea as to how, where and when you want it to happen, or you may be completely stuck on ideas for how to plan the perfect proposal.
This is where we come in. Our experienced team of advisers can help you choose the perfect ring, and at least take that off your list of requirements.

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Choosing the ring

As a jeweller, we know the importance of finding the right engagement ring for your partner. Take a look at the jewellery they already wear. If they only wear silver, then you may want to look at silver, white gold or platinum engagement rings, so as to keep on the colour theme. Alternatively, the tone of their skin may lend itself to a particular type of gold.

If they like coloured gemstones, then maybe opt for a ruby, emerald or sapphire ring instead of the more traditional diamond. Perhaps they already wear several rings. It is worth bringing in a couple of them to the store when choosing an engagement ring, if you are able to do so, so that you can pick something that complements what they currently wear on a day-to-day basis. It will also help to make sure you get the right size of ring. Although, we do offer a resizing service, if required.

We can also take gems from old or broken pieces of jewellery and incorporate them into the design of a bespoke engagement ring, thereby utilising family heirlooms or beloved items into something new and unique.

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The perfect venue

A proposal becomes even more meaningful if it takes place somewhere that you associate with each other. This could be where you first met, a previous date venue or even on a holiday that you picked together.

Restaurants have always been popular places for a proposal, with waiters or chefs roped in to help by putting rings into drinks or desserts or making a specific dish with writing on the plate in some kind of sauce. If you have got dressed up for a special occasion, you might as well make use of that!
Or, for something more secluded, a particular park or countryside setting is ideal for a summer proposal. Even sheltering from the rain can be romantic in the right situation.

What to say

Your speech, where you actually ask your intended to marry you, may be the bit you agonise over most. And yet, often the recipient of the proposal is so overwhelmed when they realise what you are doing, that they don’t actually hear exactly what you say.

Nevertheless, it is understandable that most people will want it to be a perfect rendition of their love for their partner, and to say things which show them exactly how they feel about them. With this in mind, it is important that whatever you say comes from your heart.

You could opt for a very simple ‘will you marry me?’, or alternatively you may wish to expand on your feelings and how special they are to you, before you actually pop the important question. Whether you do all of this down on one knee though is entirely up to you.

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A significant date or time

Seasonal proposals have always been popular, with Valentine’s Day, Christmas, New Year and birthdays being the obvious choices. Some people also choose the anniversary of when they first got together, as a date that is special to them.

The reasoning behind this is sound, but for a truly surprise proposal, there is nothing better than going for a date that has no significance to your lives whatsoever – it soon will do, after all!

Social media is full of betrothal announcements and engagement ring pictures over festive holidays, so stand out from the crowd by proposing on an entirely random date and make it unique to you and your relationship.

Involving other people

Do you want your family and friends to be gathered round to be part of your proposal? Or would you prefer it to be an intimate moment between the two of you? The former is fine if you know your other half is definitely going to say yes, but it is worth considering what might happen if they don’t, or they want to take time to think about it.

Alternatively, have someone on standby with a camera if you want a more secluded proposal, but still want to capture the moment for everyone to see. It will, of course, also give you a visual record of the moment too.

If you like to stay out of the limelight, then there is nothing wrong with proposing somewhere completely private and enjoying the knowledge between just the two of you, until you feel ready to share it.

Your proposal can be as creative as you like, what matters is the two of you and how you feel.

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Final thoughts

Whenever, wherever and however you choose to propose, make it right for you and your partner. Always bear in mind that there is no right or wrong way to propose – as long as you get the answer you want. Whether you go all out for something lavish or you are enjoying a quiet night in together, just the two of you.

The ring is just a small part of the proposal process, but it is the thing that will last the longest as the memories start to fade. Your beloved will likely wear it for the rest of their life, so don’t hesitate to contact us to help you pick out something that is sure to impress, whatever style and budget you are looking for.

Holly DiamondHead of Digital

Holly is the head of digital operations here at Cry for the Moon, with many years' experience in the SEO and Social Media industry. When she's not managing the website update and social channels, she's usually looking after her two young boys or thinking about her next holiday...