Asking someone to marry you is one of the biggest questions you will ever ask and more often than not one of the most nerve-wracking. You have probably spent hours trying to find the perfect ring and now you have to master the proposal. Such a momentous occasion should be as stress free as possible, allowing you to focus on perfectly delivering those four little words.

So I’ve created the top five tips to help you pull together a proposal that is unforgettable and will help guarantee your other half will say yes, yes, yes!

Tip No 1: Know what makes your other half tick – Firstly you want to ensure that however you propose it is meaningful and perfectly suited to your personalities. Grab a piece of paper and write down everything that comes to mind about your other half. Are they an introvert or an extrovert? What hobbies do they have? When are they at their happiest? This will help you to figure out an outline of how to propose and ensure for example that you aren’t arranging a big public display when your OH hates the thought of being the centre of attention!

Tip No 2: Get creative with your thinking – There are so many places to get inspiration from these days it can be hard to know where to start. Some of the obvious places like Google and Facebook are perfect if you are trying to keep things simple (if of course that’s what your OH would want!), but if you really want to create the wow factor and do something a little less ordinary then you need to look places you wouldn’t normally look. Instagram is made up of 70% women and 30% men so it’s a great place to go to see what women are talking about, plus it is very visual which makes it much easier to start to build a picture in your head. If your other half has a profile on there then even better! Check out her feed and see what she is posting and liking to see whether there is anything you can tie into your proposal.

Tip No 3: Don’t copy and paste! – No one wants a cookie cutter proposal that has been done to death already and if your OH is worthy of a ring and your commitment then they definitely deserve something a little unique. So once you have gathered your ideas revert back to your piece or paper from tip one and your visions gathered from tip two and fill in the gaps by making it personal and unique to the two of you.

Tip No 4: Timing is everything – If you really want the proposal to be a surprise then you want to catch your other half off guard. If you’ve organised a romantic weekend away and you’ve been together for a while then I can guarantee they are building up the excitement and expecting something more than just a romantic trip. So if you are planning on popping the question around then, think about doing it when they probably aren’t expecting it like just before you leave for the airport or just after you arrive back when they have already decided it probably isn’t going to happen.

Another thing to consider when you have a group of friends around the same age, is that it isn’t uncommon for them to be getting engaged around the same time. If you have been building up to this for a while then you will inevitably not want the first few weeks / months of your engagement to be outshone by your best friends. So if you suspect this might happen then consider having a conversation when you are planning possible dates so you can work around this.

Tip No 5: Enlist some help – Finally if you’ve put all this effort into designing your perfect proposal then you don’t want to fall at the last hurdle when it comes to making it happen. If you haven’t got a discrete friend that you can trust to pull every last detail off perfectly then there are people out there that you can hire to help. Proposal planners[AC1]  not only assist with the design of the proposal but will also help to bring everything together on the day so you don’t have to worry about a thing. Also for such a significant occasion you should consider having it all captured on camera. In the heat of the moment everything will flash by in a second so hiring a professional photographer or videographer means that those special memories will be flawlessly captured for you both to remember forever.

So these are my tips to help get you on your way to creating a memorable proposal that will get your engagement off to a flying start. If there are any specific questions you have then feel free to send them in on my facebook, twitter or Instagram pages using the #aisleandstyle


Alana xx

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