The Ultimate Guide On How To Propose

Proposal Expert Tiffany Wright of The One Romance offers her top tips for pulling off the world's best marriage proposal!

12 Dec 2018

Get the ring

Proposals can come in any range of forms, but the one consistent tradition they share is the giving of an engagement ring. While tradition dictates that you should spend around three months salary on a ring, The Telegraph recently reported that the average spend on an engagement ring in the UK is around £573.

If your partner hasn't dropped hints as to the kind of ring they want, or you're not confident on what to get them, we recommend giving a temporary ring as a gesture first. The last thing you want is to invest in an expensive ring without being 100% sure it's what they'll want to wear for the rest of their life.

Set the scene

When it comes to proposals, it's all about the location. From simple pots like where you first met, to their favourite flashy restaurant, a new romantic spot abroad or your home decorated in their favourite things, the location is one that you will need to consider carefully. While the stereotype is a nice restaurant, it's sometimes the more sentimental and special places that go down as legendary.

Also err on the side of caution in terms of public proposals. While some people will relish the idea of their family and friends being around when you pop the question, this isn't for everyone (you'll know better than anyone what your loved one would prefer). For more ideas, see the most romantic places to propose in the UK.

Make it a surprise!

Don't give the game away - instead make it a moment to remember by keeping it completely under wraps. Proposing when they list expect it will not only take the pressure off you, but it will make for an even better reaction from your bae. To keep it under wraps, avoid setting your proposal up to be too obvious and cliched - red roses, fancy restaurant, their birthday (unless you know that's what your partner really wants) - and don't confide in too many people in case someone lets something slip.

Feel extra special - but still you

Unless you're going to surprise them first thing on Christmas morning in your pyjamas, it's nice to dress up for the special occasion. Aim to look smart but still feel comfortable. If you're going to propose the last thing you want to be worried about is your look, so give it some thought way in advance too.

Go the extra mile. Literally!

You're only going to get the chance to propose once, so make sure you pull out all the stops. If your special person has always dreamt about visiting the canals of Venice, or checking out the Big Apple, then why not book a weekend away and surprise them by popping the question there? For further inspo, check out the top 10 places to propose according to Instagram.

When in doubt… sing!

Music is one thing that's bound to mark the moment and bring out your loved ones emotions. To really make a memorable experience, consider hiring a band or performer to serenade your beau with a song that's meaningful for the both of you. Simple, classic and is sure to be a crowdpleaser when you recount the story for years to come.

Enjoy yourself

Proposing can be a very nerve-wrecking thing to do. Make sure you're as prepared as you can be so that nerves don't take over. Consider planning what you are going to say when you propose (writing it down can help!). Finally, don't forget, smile. You've found The One! Hurrah!

Capture the moment

Chances are, whilst you're proposing, you'll be in your own little (magical) world (and so will you parter). Consider hiring a photographer or videographer to secretly capture the moment. Not only will it mean you can share the moment with your loved ones, but you can also look back it that special day for years to come.