A Beautiful Wedding Present

6 Tips For Creating The Perfect Marriage Proposal

You and your significant other have been discussing marriage for a while and you know it's time to pop the question. You also know this is (hopefully) a once in a lifetime opportunity, and you want it to go as perfectly as possible. A great marriage proposal takes thoughtfulness and a bit of planning. Here are six ways to create the perfect marriage proposal:

Have the Perfect Ring Ready

In a recent survey, proposing without an engagement ring was considered the biggest proposal mistake. It's important to have a good idea of the type of engagement ring your fiancée prefers. Does she love delicate vintage-inspired jewelry? Or is she more the flashy type?

If you don't feel comfortable asking her out right what type of ring she would like (or worry it will ruin the surprise), it's time to do some intel. Ask her closest friend or sister (and make them promise to keep it a secret), or see if she perhaps has a Pinterest board with rings she loves. Keep in mind her overall style, and if you're feeling uncertain choose a jeweler who offers a no-hassle exchange policy.

Private or Public Proposal?

In recent years, elaborate engagements involving flash mobs, public scavenger hunts, and Jumbotrons at sporting events have gotten a lot of attention online. Just be sure to consider your girlfriend's personality and comfort level with public attention. While some girls would love the excitement and drama of a public marriage proposal, a more shy or introverted girl might find that idea terrifying. If the latter is true, plan something quiet, personal, and meaningful for just the two of you.

Find the Perfect Location

Scouting out a proposal location that has sentimental meaning to you and your partner is a great way to make your marriage proposal more meaningful. That cute little restaurant where you had your first date, your favorite spot to go on mountain hikes as a couple, or the charming bookstore where you met are all sweet ideas. Another idea is to propose on vacation, if you have one planned soon. Who wouldn't want to be proposed to on a gorgeous beach or in front of the Eiffel Tower?

Consider Hiring a Photographer

Does your girlfriend love having photos to remember special moments? Does she post photos online on a regular basis? She might love to have photos of the actual proposal to remember it by. You can hire a professional photographer, or just have a friend or family member waiting surreptitiously at the proposal location. Of course, if you want to keep things very private (and know that's what your significant other would want too) you can always just take a few cute selfies after the fact.

Include Friends and Family . . . When it Feels Right

Depending on how public or private your proposal is going to be, you may already have friends and family there for the main event. In any case, a big part of the joy in marriage proposals is to share in the afterglow with your loved ones and let them celebrate with you. You may wish to host a small surprise party right after the proposal, or video call your loved ones to share your exciting news if they are far away. Just be sure to sneak in a little one-on-one time with your new fiancée as well.

Practice What You're Going to Say

Proposing marriage is undoubtedly a very nerve-wracking experience. You can ease your own nerves and help ensure it goes smoothly by writing down and practicing what you want to say beforehand. Keep it simple and sweet- state how much you love her, why you'd feel honored to spend the rest of your life with her, and ask her to marry you. Not everyone gets down on one knee these days, but it's certainly a romantic touch.

By following these tips, you and your soon-to-be fiancée will have a beautiful marriage proposal to remember forever.