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How to Plan the Perfect Proposal

You’ve found them. The perfect man or woman you want to spend the rest of your life with. You’re the one who’s going to propose. You feel like the moment is here--the time is right, soon. You’ve thought about it non-stop for the last few days, one, because you’re so excited about getting married, and two, because you have absolutely no idea how to propose.

After internet-sensation videos of stunning proposals, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Do you need to hire and train an entire ensemble of friends to dance and sing a song? Do you need to plan a surprise engagement party afterwards, with all of your significant other’s friends and family? What exactly is expected? Kneeling down and popping the question are probably in order, but what if your future fiancée is expecting something more than a dinner date? The more you think about it, the more likely you’re feeling overwhelmed. Never fear. We’ll talk you through a quick scenario, which will hopefully help make things clearer.

Let’s say you’re a person from Brisbane, Australia. You’re planning a proposal. What to do first? Why, buy a ring, of course. Your significant other may have hinted or outright asked for what they’d like, and if you want to keep it a surprise, he or she might even have a Pinterest board you can stalk. Either way, the task of finding the perfect ring is down to you, so scouring engagement rings in Brisbane is your next task. Once you have what you feel is “the one” (talking rings, here) then you can move onto the next step.

From here, the next question you should ask is, is my significant other introverted or extroverted? In other words, they might thrive on extra attention. They might want a chance to get their hair and nails done (enlist their buddies for that one) so they look good for the photographer/videographer you have stashed in the bushes. They might be much happier getting a proposal in the woods by candlelight, or beside an old cathedral at dawn. Just judge their character. You can think about what to do in Brisbane, maybe get your proposal worked into a live show, or see if there’s a spot that’s by nature romantic, or romantic to your personal story.

In the end, the most important thing for you to remember is, make it a gesture of love. Not for you, not to brag, but to make your significant other feel amazing. That scenario will be as unique as they are. Eventually, the perfect idea will present itself, and you’ll know in your gut what the right move is. Simple or sensational, you’ll both treasure this proposal as long as you live.