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How to Avoid a Proposal Disaster

Pulling off a successful proposal is no mean feat. It takes time and effort to ensure that everything is perfect for the moment you pop the question. However, there’s no need to stress if you’re not exactly the planning sort. Just follow these tips and you’ll be sure to have a memorable, disaster-free marriage proposal.

Start Planning Months Ahead

As stated above, it takes time to pull off a proposal. As soon as you decide that your partner is the one you want to be with for the rest of your life, get started on the planning. There are a lot of details to consider before you get down on one knee. Here are some things to start thinking about early on:

  • Proposal Location & Time
  • Photographing or Video Recording the Proposal
  • Will It Be Elaborate or Straightforward?

Include Her Friends and Family

This is a very personal choice, and it might not be right for every couple. However, her friends and family are the ones that likely know her best (outside of you), so why not take advantage of their help? Whether it’s with designing or picking out the ring, playing an active role in the proposal, or planning a surprise celebration after the proposal happens, including both of your friends and families might be the right move.

However, be sure to swear all loved ones to secrecy prior to the proposal and don’t make the mistake of inviting too many people. Keep it an intimate affair!

Buy the Ring With Time to Spare

It’s traditional to propose with a ring in hand, so be prepared to purchase the ring well-before you’ll need it. If you are ordering the ring online, leave a few weeks between its delivery and your proposal. This will ensure that you have enough time to address any issues with the ring before you pop the question.

However, you can significantly reduce the chance of any issues arising with the ring if you do your due diligence before the purchase. Research the company you’re buying from thoroughly, read reviews and other customers’ experiences, make sure they have the style, metal color, and diamond shape she’s been hinting about, get as close to her ring size as possible, and get an estimate on when it should arrive.

Hide the Ring in a Safe Place

Ideally, keep the ring in your home. If you need to hide the ring, simply place it in an area that you know your partner can’t or won’t look. For example, a high shelf in the closet or hidden in the pocket of your winter coat might do the trick. There are usually tons of places in our homes that don’t get a lot of use, but they can be the perfect hiding place for an engagement ring.

Avoid hiding the ring in the basement, as they are generally prone to moisture, or any other place that could potentially be impacted by the elements.

Make Sure She’s Proposal Picture Ready

One of the most forgotten aspects of a proposal is to make sure she’s unknowingly ready for it. Make sure she’s dressed up, has her nails done, and is accessorized for this exciting moment, but do it all without showing your cards. After all, this is a moment you’ll look back on for the rest of your life — and one that will definitely make an appearance on the gram.

This is an easy way to incorporate and recruit the help of her friends. Have them suggest a spa day or have them invite her to a “night out” so she’s dressed to the nines. She’ll be grateful for the princess treatment, and you’ll know she’ll be picture perfect when the time comes.

Final Thoughts

A proposal disaster is generally the result of unpreparedness. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that all it takes to pull off a successful proposal is getting down on one knee. Your future spouse and self will thank you for putting in the time and effort to guarantee that your proposal went off without a hitch.

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