Pop the question. But make it epic.
Planning the "perfect proposal" feels like a lot of pressure. So we're here to tell you to stop focusing on perfection and start focusing on personalization! Because when you pop the question in a super-custom way, it makes the moment even more memorable. From finding an unforgettable location to incorporating your passions and hobbies, we've got 17 ideas for planning an epic proposal.
1. Find an unforgettable setting—or view!
You can pop the question just about anywhere, but the proposal will be even more exceptional if you set the scene at a magical location. Maybe it's in front of an iconic landmark in the city you first met...or the location of your first kiss...or even your bucket-list dream destination! Having a fabulous backdrop will not only be great for photos, but also up the "epic" factor of the moment.
2. Hire a professional photographer to document the event
Trust us. You'll be so wrapped up in this whirlwind moment, that you and your partner will appreciate having these images to help you remember every sweet detail.
3. Consider hiring a proposal planner
Yes, they do exist! Much like a wedding coordinator, a proposal planner will assist you with pulling off a unique and seamless engagement. #worthit
4. Include your nearest and dearest
If you and your partner are extroverts and firmly believe "the more the merrier", why not include some of your best friends, family members, or kiddos in your proposal plans?
5. Wrap in your hobbies
Whether you met at a comic book convention, are total Disney fanatics, or play a mean game of frisbee golf together, incorporating your passions into your proposal is a great way to make it unforgettable! Because what could be more "you two" than getting engaged while doing your favorite thing?
6. Recreate a moment in time
Did you two go to prom together? Or have an incredible first date at a local dive? Or say "I love you" for the first time under the stars? Recreate that moment for your partner – but this time, ask for their hand in marriage. Don't you just love it when things come full circle?
7. Go all out with a theme
Are the two of you proud Star Wars nerds, or Potterheads, or Harley-Davidson enthusiasts, or craft beer connoisseurs? Embrace your unique partnership with a fully-themed proposal! Costumes optional, but encouraged.
8. Rent some striking décor
This is a moment you're going to remember forever, so decorate accordingly! Renting a beautiful arch, a festive lounge area, or colorful flower installations will make for some truly frame-worthy portraits.
9. Have an adventure engagement
Whether the two of you skydive for fun, get a rush out of mountain biking, or enjoy scuba diving with sharks, embrace the adventurous spirit of your relationship by proposing during a thrilling activity.
10. Create a custom soundtrack
Do the two of you have a favorite song, band, or musical soundtrack? Play it in the background as you pop the question, or hire live musicians to play it for you—and then use it as the song for your first wedding dance!
11. Have your dog do the asking
Because really. Who can say no to a furbaby?
12. Integrate an heirloom
If your significant other has a treasured family heirloom, try to include that as part of your engagement. Whether it's a great-grandmother's ring or a vintage "something old" you can use on the wedding day, incorporating an heirloom makes the event that much more sentimental.
13. Do it at home
Home is where the heart is, so it makes a lot of sense to set up an at-home proposal. Proposing in this private setting is perfect for homebody couples or introverted partners. But don't just phone it in! Get creative with a fun scavenger hunt around the house, or by setting up a romantic picnic in the backyard. You can even blow up photos of the two of you and place them around the room you plan to propose in.
14. Go through their stomach
If the way to your partner's heart is through their stomach, then appeal to their culinary sensibilities through food. Whether you hire a private chef to whip up a romantic dinner for two, or spell it out via pancakes during Sunday brunch, there are plenty of ways to pop the question through creative cuisine!
15. Livestream your proposal
How do you propose in private while still sharing the milestone moment? We've got the answer: Put a stream on it! Livestream your marriage proposal to include your loved ones virtually—whether you're in some far-flung location halfway around the globe, or way up high in a hot-air balloon. The sky's the limit!
16. Have chilled champagne on hand
After you hear that enthusiastic "YES" (phew!), pop some bubbly to cheers to this momentous occasion! Save the cork if you're sentimental.
17. Throw a proposal party
After you're officially engaged, whisk your newly-minted fiancé off to their very own surprise engagement party! Your friends and family will be thrilled to celebrate with you.
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