After all the chaos of dating the wrong people (seriously, why couldn’t someone have spared us from all the drama?), you’ve finely found the One you want to merge lives with. The person you want to come home to. The person who loves you unconditionally and makes you a better you. We’re so thrilled for you (cue the confetti)!
We know though, that despite how perfect you are together, the idea of proposing is daunting. She deserves the best. Something beyond special. But the pressure for it to be perfect, unique, and creative is unbearable, and you’d really like for your leg to stop shaking from the anxiety welling up in you. No worries. We’ve got your back—not everyone can jump on a plane and propose on a private island in Fiji.
To help get your wheels turning, here are some exciting and sentimental ways to “pop The Question.”
Be inspired by your relationship.
What do you love to do together? Do you have any mutual bucket list items? For example, perhaps you both have wanted to skydive. You could reserve your adventure (you’re braver than us), with The Question spelled out on the ground. Okay fine, so skydiving isn’t your thing. Maybe there’s a place you’ve always wanted to road trip to. That experience would be quite memorable!
Use her routines.
Want to add an element of surprise? Would your girl prefer a private proposal? What does she do on the daily at home that you can integrate The Question into? For example, if she reads a book every night, you could tie the ring to the bookmark. When she flips open the book, voila, your shiny ring appears!
Make a game of it.
This could be an easy way to make your proposal extra fun. For example, you could replace surprise with anticipation by sending her on a scavenger hunt! Or create a board game that leads to The Question!
Get back to nature.
The great outdoors provides lots of props, backdrops, and mood-setting for a proposal. For example, take her on a hike along a trailhead, leading to a breathtaking view, waterfall, or summit! Picnics are cozy too.
Incorporate celebratory occasions.
Holidays, birthdays, and seasons offer limitless, creative options. For example, you could propose while you decorate the Christmas tree (which is already warm and fuzzy!) by dangling the ring from a branch. If it’s Fall, you could propose at a nearby apple orchard or do a corn maze leading up to pumpkins carved with a personal message!
Get your family and friends on board.
If you’re girl is family-oriented and has close relationships, there may be something extra special about including loved ones in your proposal – even if it’s from a distance waiting to celebrate after your moment together. Ever coordinated a flash mob? Do you go on vacation with your loved ones? You could even integrate them into doing a scavenger hunt or game!
Use community resources.
You never know what kind of help or unique experience you can secure until you ask. The worst answer you can get is a “no,” but then you can move on to your next idea instead of wondering what you could have done. For example, you might be able to have exclusive, private access to your favorite hang-out spots or venues. This could create even more of an intimate experience!
Pop the question at her work.
If your lady is comfortable being asked one of the most important questions of her life, and LOVES her work, consider getting her colleagues or the people she serves involved! For example, if she works with children, consider having them do a skit or sing a song that incorporates The Question!
Your proposal is about a simple message: You want to marry her. Love her unconditionally. Serve her for years to come. Your proposal will be a story that many are eager to hear—family, friends, and maybe even your future grandchildren. You may even want to consider hiring a hidden photographer to capture the memory and celebration. Hopefully these ideas have either helped you decide how to propose or at least narrowed down some choices. We’d be more than happy to help you fine-tune your plans. You got this!