Top Tips for the Perfect Fall Engagement
October is full of fun festivities and provides lots of great opportunities for a "spook-tacular" marriage proposal. You’ll only have one chance to get it right so it’s important to make sure you’ve carefully put together the perfect proposal. The following are several tips to make sure your Halloween proposal is one you and your special someone will never forget.
Plan out Every Detail, But Be Up for Spontaneity
When it comes to proposing you don’t want to leave anything to chance. At the same time, you want to be able to go with the moment if something out of the ordinary presents itself. Begin by generally planning out the day and evening of the proposal. Fill out the details after you have your main activities scheduled. Since it’s winter, the weather can be unpredictable.
Be prepared to make a sudden snowstorm part of the plan. It’s also a good idea to write down what you want to say and go over it a few times before you actually propose. While you definitely don’t want to be reading from a piece of paper while proposing, you do want to plan out ahead of time what you’ll want to say. It’s a good idea, however, to keep it short. She’ll likely be just as nervous as you are.
Be Sentimental, But not Cheesy
Being meaningful is important, but sometimes there’s a fine line between romantic and silly. For example, proposing while enjoying a carriage ride in the snow or sipping hot chocolate in front of a toasty fire are usually considered romantic backdrops for a proposal. Renting a Santa suit and having your girlfriend sit on your lap while proposing would be considered cringe-worthy by most people’s standards.
If your girlfriend has a playful personality and is the outdoorsy type, writing a proposal in the snow may be a great idea. If she’s more the sophisticated type, writing the proposal on an elegant tree ornament may be the way to go. The key to keeping it classy is knowing your special someone well enough to know what she’d really love and what she wouldn’t.
Incorporate Christmas Activities and Themes
What’s the point of proposing over the holidays if you’re not going to incorporate a little Christmas cheer? What exactly you do will depend on how you both celebrate Christmas and other holidays during the season. You could plan your day around the town tree lighting ceremony, a sleigh ride, or a private picnic in the snow. Indoor holiday activities could include dinner plans, an annual family party, or an indoor ice skating rink. Proposing in a limo on New Year’s Eve or planning an elegant New Year’s Day brunch are great ideas for a New Year’s proposal.
Ask for Help, But Don’t Tell Too Many People
Even if you’ve discussed marriage and you’re pretty sure the answer is yes, it’s still wise to tell as few people as possible. After all, both of you want to have the fun of telling everyone later on. If you need to get your special person to a particular place at a certain time or help setting up a romantic backdrop, you’ll likely need to have at least a few people in on your plan. Make sure the people you tell can keep a secret. It may be too difficult for her best friend to keep it a secret.
Make it Personal
Few things are as meaningful as something that’s planned out for a specific person. Including favorite flowers, wine, and dining spots can all be incorporated into your special day. You should know your future fiancée well enough to know if a private or public proposal is the way to go. A fantastic way to make it personal while including some holiday cheer is to find some local Christmas carolers that will be willing to sing her favorite Christmas song right before you propose. Whatever you decide to do for your special day, you may want to consider hiring a photographer to capture the memories.
Make Sure to Plan Out the Rest of the Day
While it’s important to make sure everything is perfectly planned leading up to the proposal, it’s also necessary to plan what happens after as well. Whether it’s ice skating, a romantic dinner, or a moonlit walk, you’ll need to make plans for what happens after the proposal. If your plans include family and friends, make sure to carve out some “alone” time at some point during the day. There should be time for both of you to privately relish this amazing time together.
Choose the Perfect Ring!
A gorgeous ring can definitely be the showstopper of a perfectly planned proposal. Everything from the shape and the setting of the ring to deciding between platinum or yellow gold are just a few of the many options you’ll have to consider. Whether you and your fiancée will be ring shopping together or it will be a total surprise, this is one area you’ll want to put a lot of thought and effort into.