Bridal Inspiration

What should you NOT do when proposing?

What should you NOT do when proposing?

Proposing to your significant other is a huge moment in your life. It’s the start of a new chapter, filled with love, excitement and planning. However, little mistakes can get your new life off to a bumpy start – so here’s our tips for ensuring your proposal goes as planned. 

1. Don’t forget to personalise your proposal 

Every relationship is unique, so your proposal should reflect that. Avoid generic, one-size-fits-all approaches. Think about whether a particular place or setting will have significance for your loved one – even if not everything goes perfectly, the sentiment will still be there, and that’s what’s most important. 

2. Avoid public proposals – without knowing their preference 

While a grand gesture at a public event might seem like a good idea, it’s essential to consider your partner’s personality. Not everyone enjoys the spotlight, and a public proposal might be their idea of hell. Always tailor when and where you propose to your partner’s personality. 

3. Don’t propose without a ring 

The engagement ring is a symbol of your commitment and love. Proposing without one can sometimes feel incomplete, or like it was a spur of the minute decision. Even if you select a cheaper ring to start with plans to upgrade the purchase later – or to let your fiancée choose at a later date –  it’s important to propose with a symbolic ring, at least. 

4. Neglecting to plan the logistics 

A successful proposal requires thoughtful planning. Neglecting the details, such as the timing, location, and even the weather, can lead to unnecessary stress. You should also plan for what happens ‘after’ – a proposal only takes a few minutes, and it’s likely you’ll want to continue celebrating somewhere, so ensure you plan both the proposal and what happens afterwards, such as a celebratory meal or drinks. Make sure you have a backup option for everything, too, just in case! 

5. Not practising your speech 

While you may think you can wing it, nerves can get the best of anyone. Practising what you want to say helps ensure you get your feelings across eloquently. Remember, it doesn’t have to be a long speech! 

6. Forgetting to capture the moment 

This is a once-in-a-lifetime event, so consider how you’ll capture the moment. Whether it’s hiring a professional photographer, setting up your camera, or having a friend up to the task, having a way to look back on your proposal is invaluable.  

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