Few milestones are more special than your engagement. It’s a day you’ll recount thousands of times as you tell others about the day you agreed to spend the rest of your lives together. Make sure the story is a good one. Here are some suggestions.
Make Sure the Right People are Present
If you know your future fiance will want their parents, best friends, or anyone else present at the engagement, arrange to have those people there. Being celebrated by those you love is a great feeling so consider inviting those people but make sure they can keep it a secret! If you want this moment to be special for just the two of you, that’s ok too. You can always have an engagement party later.
Capture the Moment
There was a time when engagements were not forever captured in photos for everyone on social media to see. That time is gone. You’re going to want great photos of this milestone moment. You don’t want to get on one knee and offer a ring with one hand while trying to take photos with your iPhone in the other. Hire a professional that will meet you at the selected venue and take quality pictures. I’d love to help. I can also do an engagement session once the engagement is official so you can announce your impending nuptials to the world and send out a beautiful “save the date” request.
Some Fun Ideas
Consider a Special Place
One good idea is to propose at a place that has a special meaning for the two of you. Perhaps where you met, where you had your first kiss, or your favorite place to spend time together would be a good spot. Another idea is to take a special trip together and propose somewhere memorable while on vacation.
Set up a scavenger hunt sending your partner to some of your favorite places where you’ve made memories together. You can even enlist the help of friends at each spot to give the next clue. The prize at the end of the hunt is you with the ring.
On the Job
For maximum surprise, ask your partner’s boss to allow you to come to their work and propose in front of their coworkers. This is especially fun if your partner is a teacher. Students of all ages generally have great reactions.
At the Movies
If you’re the creative type, film a cinematic proposal and have it shown before or after the movie you are going to watch with your partner. Most theaters sell advertising time before the movie and this would make for a night your partner would never forget.
Dinner and a Ring
A classic proposal is the restaurant proposal where the server brings out a glass of champagne with the ring inside. However, there are other options as well. The ring can be placed on top of a dessert with the words “Marry me?” written in sauce on the plate. You can even print up a mock menu with the daily special being “Get Married to….”
The best idea will be the one that speaks to you. You can use one of these or come up with one of your own. The important thing is to show that you aren’t going into this lightly. It’s a huge decision that you’ve thought a lot about and that shows with the proposal.