While it might seem a little early to start organising your Valentine’s proposal, it’s never too soon to get planning. After all, you and your other half will tell your engagement story for years to come, so you’d better make sure it’s a good one.
Choosing a location
Location is one of the first things you’ll need to consider. A lot of people opt to whisk their partners off for an extra special Valentine’s weekend away. As well as making the event even more memorable, this will give you a great choice of beautiful settings and plenty of opportunities to get down on one knee.
Choose a destination that you know your partner will love, book a nice hotel and do a little research into possible proposal locations. You could even ask your chosen hotel for help with the planning process. By starting your preparations now, you’ll give yourself more than enough time to get everything just right.
Getting a ring
The ring is one of the most important parts of any proposal. If your engagement is going to be just right, the ring will need to fit perfectly, so you’ll need to get your partner’s finger size without them noticing. There are no easy ways to do this, so you may need to try a few different tactics. If they wear a lot of rings already, you could borrow one and get the size from that. Alternatively, you could try to wrap a bit of string or ribbon around their ring finger to get their size. Whatever you do, try to be subtle so they’re truly surprised when you get down on one knee.
Make it Instagram-friendly
As @wimagazine says, “Expectations are bigger than ever thanks to the rise of social media, too, and people are really going ‘all out’ to impress not just the one they want to marry, but also everyone who follows them on Instagram.” This means choosing a location, ring and moment that look great in photos and making sure you have a camera handy. If you really want to go all out, you could even hire a photographer to capture the moment.
There are some people that would love a public proposal and some that would hate it. If you’re thinking about popping the question in a restaurant, park, sports stadium or anywhere else where there will be people around, it’s a good idea to gauge how your partner would feel about it. You could watch a few proposal videos on YouTube to see if they react positively or negatively to public proposals. This should give you a good idea of what their perfect engagement would look like.
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