5 Engagement Traditions That Never Go Out of Style

If you’re looking for creative proposal ideas and out-of-the-box ways to express your love, Proposal-Ideas.com can help you pop the question in a way that’s unique to your relationship. But no matter how creative you get, there are a few engagement traditions that never go out of style. Make sure your marriage proposal combines timeless romance with new and improved traditions.

When you get down on one knee, don’t overlook these traditions:

1. Asking for her family’s blessing.

Unless the two of you have seriously discussed the idea of excluding her family from your engagement, it’s always helpful to include them. Not only will you share your marriage with the people who know her best, but she’ll most likely find it romantic that you respect her family enough to ask for their blessing.

No matter how you choose to broach the subject, make sure her family knows about your intentions before popping the question. You never know — they may be able to offer some words of wisdom or help you keep the surprise!

2. Getting down on one knee.

For adventurous couples, it may seem easier to propose in the middle of the action–whether you’re skydiving, snorkeling, or standing under a waterfall. While proposals can happen in any situation or location, it’s never impossible to find a place to get down on one knee. This symbol of devotion and affection is what many women dream of when they imagine their engagement–so think through your proposal, and make sure you plan for a place to get down on one knee.

3. Having the ring before you propose.

When it comes to marriage proposals, there are no I-owe-you’s. Unless you promised her you would pick the ring out together, she’ll be expecting a ring to accompany your proposal. I think most women would agree that it’s better to wait until you have the ring versus proposing without it.

4. Phrasing the proposal as a question.

Nobody wants a demanding groom. It may seem bold to say “Marry me,” but there’s something romantic about giving her the option to respond. By asking “Will you marry me?” or “Will you spend your life with me?” you share the power and give her the opportunity to join you in one of the most important decisions of your life.

5. Adding plenty of romance.

No matter how casual or nontraditional your proposal, your partner wants to feel special the moment you ask her to spend her life with you. Adding shock value or fear to your proposal can suck the romance right out of it, so make sure you consider intimacy. Roses and champagne may be too much for some women, but a candlelit dinner with her favorite song playing in the background, for example, is a simple way to show her you treasure her.

As you plan the marriage proposal of your dreams, don’t forget the traditions that drive the romance. Proposal-Ideas.com is here to help you find the most romantic way to propose–contact us today!

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5 Ways to Make Your Proposal as Romantic as Possible

We all love creative, out-of-the-box proposal ideas, but there’s something to be said about a marriage proposal that’s full of timeless romance. Asking for her hand in marriage is one of the most emotional questions you’ll ever ask–and adding some extra romance to your proposal is a great way to convey the love you both share.

Proposal-ideas.com can help you amp up the romance, no matter where you are in the United States. Take a look at five of our favorite swoon-worthy proposal ideas:

Sail at sunset

A traditional boat ride is an exciting way to pop the question, but what about at sunset? There’s no denying the glow of the sun as it sets against the water, adding a romantic ambiance to an already breathtaking scene. Whether you’re in Miami or another city with water, we can help you plan a romantic champagne yacht cruise for your proposal.

Private helicopter ride

Take your love to new heights with a private helicopter ride! The romantic butterflies you’ll both feel as you view your city from a bird’s eye view will make your proposal that much more special.

Carriage ride

Historic cities like Boston are often romantic backdrops for a memorable proposal. If you want to give her a fairytale evening she’ll never forget, what about a carriage ride? You’ll have an intimate space to express your emotions while enjoying the beautiful views of the city you love.

Rooftop and flowers

When you start with one of our rooftop proposal packages, we’ll help you create a beautiful space to pop the question. Not only will you both enjoy the view, but you’ll also have flexibility to build on the momentum of the proposal–such as filling your hotel room with roses or hiring a private musician to serenade you with your favorite song.  

Wine and chocolate

What pairs better than wine and chocolate? You two! We can help you plan a romantic–and delicious–wine and chocolate proposal where you’ll visit some of the best wineries and chocolate shops in the city before popping the question at the last stop.

Are you ready to plan your romantic marriage proposal? View the packages available at Proposal-ideas.com and contact us to begin the planning process.

Don’t forget to consider a ring box to protect your diamond–we love these compact engagement ring boxes from Ring Stash!

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How NOT to Announce Your Engagement

Congratulations! If you’re basking in the magical post-engagement glow, you’re probably brainstorming fun ways to announce your proposal to family and friends. This is one of the most special times in your life, and you deserve to celebrate!

When it comes to announcing, remember that your loved ones will be excited for you–but they also have other priorities begging for their attention. To make the most of your marriage proposal announcement, avoid some of these common pitfalls.

At someone else’s engagement party or wedding

If you’ve been invited to a friend’s engagement party or you’re attending your cousin’s wedding, the attention will be on them. While the romance and excitement can make you antsy to announce your own engagement, try to be patient and wait for your own moment.

After someone’s bad news

If a friend is lamenting over a recent breakup, or you’re consoling a neighbor who just lost a family member, it’s best to keep the good news to yourself until the timing is better. Not only do you want them to fully appreciate your engagement, but you don’t want to seem inconsiderate to their emotions.

Before it’s official

If you and your partner have discussed marriage and you’ve started looking at rings together, this is exciting news that’s perfect for sharing with your best friend. But in terms of a public announcement, it’s always best to wait until the engagement is official. You don’t want to ruin your partner’s surprise or confuse anyone who asks for details about the proposal.

During an important company meeting

Are you and your coworkers discussing an important company initiative with your boss? While your engagement may be at the forefront of your mind, wait until your coworkers are relaxed during a lunch break. You won’t have to worry about appearing unproductive and you’ll have more time to share the juicy details.

By commenting on someone else’s engagement post

Getting engaged isn’t a contest and nobody likes bragging. If your friend just posted her engagement to social media, resist chiming in with your own good news. Save it for your own profile where the attention can be 100% on you!

Without the ring

At the end of the day, almost everyone is going to ask to see your ring when you announce your engagement. If you’ve sent it back to the jewelers to be re-sized or you’re waiting to take the perfect ring selfie, hold off on announcing until you can show off your ring, too. If the two of you have chosen a nontraditional proposal with something other than a diamond, your announcement is also the perfect time to explain the significance behind your choice.

In a lot of these cases, a friend or family member might notice the sparkling addition to your left hand and ask you about it — if this happens, you have free reign to share the news! Just be considerate and pay attention to your surroundings.

Ready to get engaged? Proposal-ideas.com can help you plan a romantic proposal you can’t wait to share with friends and family!

Don’t forget to think about the type of box you’ll need for your diamond! A skinny engagement ring box from Ring Stash can help you keep it safe and out of sight.

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What To Look For When Buying A Proposal Package

Nowadays it seems that everyone is offering marriage proposal packages.  But I caution you to be very careful when selecting the company to handle your once-in-a-lifetime marriage proposal.  A lot of companies see proposals as an extra add on and a way to make more money.  But handling the execution of a marriage proposal is something that requires experience and passion.  Here are things you should look for when deciding where to buy your marriage proposal package:

Event Planning Experience

If you take nothing else from this entire article, please hear this.  Do not buy a proposal package from anyone that does not have ACTUAL event planning experience.  That means no photographers gone “proposal planners”, no venues offering their coordination if you buy their space, etc.  When something hits the fan with your event, if you have an event planner on your team, they know how to handle anything that comes their way and better yet, they will have already thought through those “could happens” before the event.  Experience can only come with years and events under their belt.  Do your research!

Past Work

You will want to do your research and see examples of their past work.  Check out their blog, Facebook, Instagram, gallery, etc.

Response

Reach out to them!  When you reach out, how long does it take for them to respond?  Do they seem professional?  Do you feel you can trust them?  These are things that will be critical since you will be trusting that person with the most important event in your relationship.

If you are looking for the best way to propose marriage, you have come to the right place. Proposal-Ideas, founded by one of the first Proposal Planners in the world, has the best proposal packages around and we have the most experience as we started creating packages in 2011!  Contact us today to get started.

We recently partnered with the amazing slim engagement ring box creator Ring Stash so don’t forget to pair your awesome engagement ring with an equally awesome ring box.

 

 

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Private Proposal Vs. Public Proposal: Which Is Best?

When it comes to planning the marriage proposal of your dreams, one of the most important factors to consider is whether you should pop the question in a public or private setting.

If you and your partner enjoy being the center of attention, a public proposal might add some excitement to your day. If the two of you dislike being in the limelight, you can still plan a proposal that’s full of romance but a bit more intimate than a grand public gesture.

As you decide whether a public or private proposal is right for you, start with some of these ideas for inspiration.

Public Proposal

Looking for a creative way to pop the question in public? Here are a few of our favorite ideas:

  • Outdoor park– If you live in a city but want a serene location for your proposal, parks are a romantic option for public proposals. We’ll set up a charming picnic for two, including snacks, champagne, photos of you, and any other touches that will make your proposal as special as possible. 
  • Billboard– Want to propose in Times Square or the heart of another city? You can create a personalized proposal message, including a photo, and we’ll make sure it’s plastered across two billboards right when you’re about to pop the question! If you want to draw attention, this is a great option. 
  • Carriage ride–If you’re visiting a city and want to find a way to explore and propose, our carriage ride package is the best of both worlds. See the sights together, and when the moment is right, you’ll have an intimate setting to propose. There may still be bystanders watching you, but this option gives you a little more privacy. 

Private Proposal

If you’re ready to propose, but want to find a way to express your feelings in an intimate setting, try some of these private proposal ideas:

  • Helicopter ride– Soar above the city you call home in a helicopter! You’ll experience a new perspective together, and you won’t have to worry about a bunch of people watching you. Once you land and prepare to celebrate your engagement, we’ll even have a dozen roses waiting for you!
  • Limo and fine dining–Looking for something a bit more glamorous and exclusive? Consider proposing during a limo ride to a place of your choice. Whether you want to go to a private table at your favorite restaurant or the rooftop at your favorite bar, the limo adds some elegance and classic romance to your proposal.  
  • Rooftop–A rooftop can be an intimate place to propose, whether you want to propose at sunrise, mid-day or under the stars. Enjoy views of the city skyline and a private rooftop all to yourself. We’ll help make the moment even more magical with champagne and roses–all you have to focus on is your love!

Have you decided the type of proposal that matches both of your personalities? Proposal-ideas.com can help you get started! Contact us today.

And if you’re looking for a safe way to keep your engagement ring hidden, check out these skinny engagement ring boxes from Ring Stash!

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Your Engagement Ring Guide

You wouldn’t be searching for proposal ideas if you weren’t planning on popping the question!  And you can’t pop the question without an engagement ring right?  But buying an engagement ring can be so stressful.  How much do you spend, does she want platinum or gold, what size ring does she wear?  Those are all questions you will ask yourself when you are on the hunt for the perfect engagement ring.  Another question you will ask yourself is what cut does she want for her diamond?  To try to make things easier for you, we have put together a guide on the different diamond cuts you will encounter.

Round

A round cut diamond is the most popular cut and depicted in the photo above.  It is a great choice for the traditional and classic type.

Cushion Cut

This cut will be popular for many decades to come and it is a blend of trendy and traditional.  This cut features rounded corners and has larger facets to increase its brilliance.

Princess

This is the most popular non-round cut because of its unique cut and pointed corners.

Emerald

This cut is is not very common which can be a good and bad thing.  If your partner wants something not everyone has it could be perfect.  But it is also something that your partner has to want.  Because of this shape, it highlights the clarity of a diamond.  Check out the Asscher cut for something similar.

Marquise

The advantage to a marquise cut diamond is that it can maximize carat weight and give you a much larger-looking diamond. This could be the way to go if you are on a budget and want to get more bang for your buck.

Oval

An oval diamond is similar to a round diamond. Oval diamonds are very popular as their length can accentuate long, slender fingers.  This cut is a big trend right now so it is perfect for that trendsetting girlfriend of yours.

Pear

This brilliant-cut diamond is also called a teardrop for its single point and rounded end.  I see this with a lot of ladies who love vintage.

Radiant

A radiant-cut diamond is a popular and versatile choice for jewelry.  A radiant-cut looks great with either a baguette or round side-diamond setting.

Ring Box

We recently partnered with the amazing slim engagement ring box creator Ring Stash so don’t forget to pair your awesome engagement ring with an equally awesome ring box.

If you are looking for the best way to propose marriage, you have come to the right place. Proposal-Ideas has the best proposal packages around and we have the most experience as we started creating packages in 2011!  Contact us today to get started.

 

 

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New York Proposal Idea

One of our most popular proposal packages in the Spring and Summer is our Central Park Picnic proposal.  Andrew ordered this package so that he could surprise Haydee as they walked through the park.  It was hard for him to find the time to plan everything with his busy schedule so he was relieved to find a company that could help with all of those details.

Haydee was totally surprised when what she thought would be an ordinary day turned in to a proposal picnic with a photographer!

Andrew got down on his knee and asked her to be his wife.  She happily said yes!!

Get started planning your perfect proposal idea today!  We have been exclusively planning proposals for over 8 years and we are New York based!  Don’t forget to check out the super trendy slim engagement ring box from www.ringstash.com to compliment your proposal.

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Tips for Swoon-worthy Proposal Photos

Your marriage proposal is something that will be remembered for the rest of your life! Here are a few tips that will make for a picture-perfect moment.

Planning the Moment

First, you will have to plan the proposal. Where, when and how will you propose? A good tip is to make sure your proposal will fit in with the personality of your significant-other. If they are more quiet and don’t like a fuss, then a flash mob proposal is probably not the way to go. An intimate picnic in the park or a candlelit dinner will speak volumes to them. On the other hand, if they love being the center of attention, then maybe a more grand gesture would be appreciated.

You can let them know that you have a photographer friend who wants to capture your romantic date. Maybe say that they are just wanting to get experience or you could say you just want a photo shoot with your beloved!

If you are planning a surprise proposal with a hidden photographer, then a public place will be easier for the photographer to capture “paparazzi” type photos of you popping the question. The photographer can pretend to be a passer-by and capture your moment perfectly and candidly!

The Ring

An important part of the plan is to choose the ring to propose with. As a symbol of your love and commitment, the style should match your partner and complement their personality. Everyone will ask to see the ring once they hear about your engagement!

Dress to Impress

To make for a memorable proposal, you and your significant other should both be dressed nicely and in a way that you will reflect the special occasion. If you go with the secret proposal and a hidden photographer, you should wear nice clothes that will reflect well in photos. This usually means bright and complementary colors.

Stay away from busy patterns, as these may appear muddled in pictures. A good way to ask your significant other to dress up without seeming suspicious is to say you will be taking them out to a nice dinner, concert or other formal occasion.

Catching the Golden Hour

For your proposal pictures, capturing your romantic moment in the best light possible is crucial. For this, photographers usually suggest shooting at “the Golden Hour”, which means right before sunset, when the light is richest and warmest. Luckily, sunset proposals are inherently romantic! If you are outside (picnic in the park) then make sure you time your proposal to occur right before sunset to take advantage of the Golden Hour light.

If you are indoors, then think of an excuse to get outside for your proposal. In fact, you could just tell them the truth and say “I want to go outside and share the beautiful sunset with you.” Who would argue with that?!

Pop the Question!

At this point, it’s time for your proposal! How you do this is up to you. However, keep in mind that getting down on one knee will make for compelling photos! The viewer of these photos will have no question in their mind as to what is happening.

Another tip is to draw out the moment just a little, in order for the photographer to capture the reaction of your significant-other. We want to see all the emotions of surprise, joy and then the celebration!

You’re Engaged!

And just like that, you are engaged If you are doing a hidden photographer proposal, you can introduce the photographer and get engagement photos featuring the shiny new diamond!

Congratulations!

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Easter Proposal Ideas

I know what you are thinking, “Easter proposal ideas???”  But hey, I can think of a few reasons why proposing on Easter or Easter weekend can be a great time to propose.  Here are a few:

Family Will Be Together

Many clients like to include family in their proposal or have them there right after to celebrate.  Easter is a time when most families are together so it can be an easy way to propose and already have the family gathered for an after celebration idea.

Religion

This can go either way.  If your partner is religious, Easter could have a significant meaning to her and being proposed on such a special occasion could make things even more dearer to her heart.  If your partner is not religious, she may not be in church that day or may not be spending time with the family and therefore free all day for your proposal.

Creative Proposal Ideas

While you must be careful not to be cheesy, Easter can lend itself to coming up with some creative proposal ideas.  Think about how you can incorporate the ring into an egg, Easter basket, etc. but NOT being cheesy.

If you are looking for the perfect proposal idea, you have come to the right place. Proposal-Ideas has the best proposal packages around and we have the most experience as we started creating packages in 2011!  We also offer custom proposal planning.  Contact us today to get started.

We recently partnered with the amazing slim engagement ring box creator Ring Stash so don’t forget to pair your awesome proposal with an equally awesome ring box.

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Top 8 Questions He Has Before Proposing

Are you planning an engagement and looking for proposal ideas that capture the spirit of your relationship and the love you feel for each other? We put together some of the most common questions we hear during the proposal planning process, so you can make sure your proposal is seamless, stress-free, and most importantly, romantic

1. Should I get down on one knee? Traditionally, men get down on one knee when they’re popping the question as a sign of respect and chivalry. Many women find this tradition romantic and charming, but that’s not the case for everyone! Think about how many traditions you and your partner follow–or if you tend to create your own.

2. Public or private? It’s exciting to think about a crowd gathering around you as you propose and cheering when she says “yes!” But make sure you consider your girlfriend’s personality before picking an engagement spot. If she’s outgoing and social, a public place like a city or restaurant might be the perfect place. If she’s quieter and keeps to herself, she may prefer a more intimate setting.

3. What should I say? It can be nerve-wracking to profess all of your emotions in a single moment. Take some time a few days before the proposal to think about your future and what you love about her, which should help you plan what you’re going to say. If you have a general idea of the messages you want to get across, the moment will be that much more special.

4. How do I know if her family likes me? Take some time to interact with them and express how serious you are about sharing a life with their daughter. When they see how genuine and sincere you are, they’re likely to support your engagement. Depending on how traditional her family is, you may want to consider showing additional respect by asking her father for his blessing.

5. Surprise or no surprise? In most cases, you’ve probably talked with your significant other about getting engaged. This is the best way to make sure you’re both on the same page. Don’t worry, though–after you’ve talked about it, there are still ways to surprise her! Work with friends and family to keep her from guessing, or make her think you’re going on an everyday date night before wowing her with a magical proposal!

6. Who should I tell? Similar to above, most families will respect your decision to propose if you talk with them beforehand. You might also have friends you can talk to who will offer moral support. But if you have friends or family members who don’t have a strong reputation for keeping secrets, you may want to keep them out of the loop until after the proposal. Trust your gut, and tell the people who matter most.

7. Will she say yes? If you’ve both expressed that you’re ready to get married to one another, all that’s left is planning a magical proposal that shines just as bright as your feelings for her! Proposal-ideas.com can help you find the perfect venue, music, photography and more to make your engagement unique and special. Contact us today!

8. Where should I put the ring? If you’re planning a surprise proposal, keeping the ring safe and out of sight is crucial. One of my favorite suggestions for keeping the mystery alive is a slim engagement ring from Ring Stash. She won’t know until you’re down on one knee that you have a diamond in your pocket!

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