Christmas is nearly here, which means a lot of girlfriends are currently dreaming of opening one special little box on Christmas day. If you’re planning on popping the question over the Christmas period, here are a few things you might want to consider in order to pull off the perfect proposal.
Public display of affection
This is where you really need to know what your partner wants. Some women want the big show of a public proposal whilst other women will prefer something more private. Certain women will love having a song and dance made about them (literally if you hire a flashmob to assist in your proposal) and this can be an amazing experience for both of you. However, if she’s a bit of a shrinking violet then consider doing it somewhere more private, this doesn’t mean that you have to keep it too low-key though. You’ll know your partner well enough to realise what she likes and what will make her toes curl.
Location, location, location.
This will depend on her feelings regarding public proposals, but location will be a huge factor. Any setting can be romantic if you put enough thought into it. Strategically-placed candles and flowers can work wonders when it comes to brightening up a room and creating the perfect romantic ambience. You could also propose in a place that has a special meaning to the both of you, whether it’s the place where you first kissed or the restaurant where you had your first date, she’ll appreciate the sentiment.
Timing is key
You can plan your proposal down to the very last detail, but the truth is that it’s unlikely to go exactly to plan. You might have the big moment planned for a specific time in the evening, but it’s important that this moment feels right at the time. You could consider proposing at the start of the evening so the pressure doesn’t mount up and you can relax and enjoy whatever romantic plans you’ve made. Plus it means your fiancée will have more time to show off the ring that night!
One ring to rule them all
After finding the perfect partner, the ring is probably the most important element of the proposal. The engagement ring is a symbol of your love for her, and it’s something she’ll hopefully be wearing for the rest of her life. That’s a lot of pressure! Have a look at the jewellery she wears on a regular basis and you’ll be able to get a feel for the sort of metal she likes. If you’re really struggling to find the right ring, you can ask her close friends or family for advice.
Getting the blessing
It sounds old fashioned, but your partner will appreciate you asking her parents for their permission. It shows respect and her parents will appreciate the gesture. After all, it’s very unlikely that they’ll say no!
Speak from the heart
Ultimately it’s your words that will make or break the proposal. You don’t need to be a modern-day Shakespeare to get the words right, you just need to speak from the heart. Keep it personal, don’t borrow clichés from anyone else. It’s you that she (hopefully) wants to marry, so it’s only your words that she wants to hear in this special moment.
However you choose to propose, the biggest thing is that you try to relax so that you can enjoy the moment too. Then you can start the exciting stage of organising your special day, and we’ve got just the venue in mind!
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