1. Pick a sentimental location for your proposal
Based on her own experience, Fleur Record-Smith, the owner of Hayne House suggests, “choose a sentimental location, it could be somewhere you had your first date, somewhere you loved going to together. My husband took me back to our favourite skiing resort in the French Alpes, Meribel. As we went over head in the ski lift, he got our friends and family to spell out in the snow below, using everyone’s skies, ‘MARRY ME?’ How could I say no!?”
2. Get family and friends involved in the proposal
Christmas and New Year is a traditional time when everyone gets together for family gatherings, so why not entrust your BIGGEST secret to your nearest and dearest. Having everyone there means after your partner has said, ‘Yes’, you can immediately start celebrating with your loved ones, and even plan a special winter wedding.
3. Consider hiring in the pros like a photographer or a videographer to record or even book a marriage proposal planner to help you plan the moment
If you find planning a wedding proposal nerve-wracking, just like planning a wedding, why not book a professional or a team of professions to help you create and capture the engagement of a time-time?
Working with so many wedding professionals, photographers, videographer, live musicians and wedding planners, who take amazing shots, get such amazing angles, play the most romantic of music, and who can really pull out all the stops, if you employ someone or a team of people you can be sure of a truly memorable moment and a big bonus is that you can add your perfect pictures or show the video on your wedding day.
4. Plan an amazing night out that means something to you both
Sam, now Lloyd, when living in London used to finish her day job and then work a second job in Art House Cinemas. So, when her and husband-to-be started dating, they used to talk about films, actors and scripts etc all the time. On the night of the proposal, you won’t be surprised to learn that the evening started by watching a romantic movie ‘Wings of Desire’ by the Director Wim Wenders. Sam said, “For me it was the perfect proposal night, I knew we had so much in common and even now, when I watch what has become my favourite film, I still get really emotional”.
5. Foodie proposals
If your partner or even both of you love food and describe yourselves as foodies, why not arrange a proposal ‘over food’. Jess’ (Hayne House’s personal trainer!) partner organised a romantic picnic at their favourite place, on the riverbank at Kearsney Abbey in the Alkham Valley.
Book a night out at your favourite restaurant or ‘secret backstreet eatery’, or if you really want to push the boat out and bend your knee at somewhere truly delicious, why not book a destination proposal – a food tour. Instead of eating a stone baked pizza from your local pizzeria why not book a trip to Florence, eat donuts and burgers in New York, or book a restaurant in Paris and let your magical evening unfold.
6. What if your partner doesn’t like fuss, where is best to ask them to marry you?
If your partner hates fuss and couldn’t bear the idea of a public proposal why not propose at home, after all it’s intimate, private, meaningful and likely to be unexpected. You could cook your favourite meal, order a take away or go for an M&S meal for two, but don’t forget to put the champagne on ice, and assuming you have the time, don’t forget to buy some flowers and light the candles perhaps in the bedroom, bathroom or your dining room!
7. Buy a small gift but pack it with love and watch their face as you pass them the secret proposal parcel or package
You could buy flowers and tie the ring around the bouquet or purchase a special Christmas bauble that holds the rings, or we love the idea of placing the ring box in your partners Christmas Stocking along with Oranges, nuts and chocolate.
8. Grab your chance and propose on the spur of the moment!
Don’t forget if you find yourself in that perfect moment, where you are at a carnival or the sky is full of shooting stars or under the Mistletoe this Christmas, don’t worry if you don’t have a ring just seize the moment and pop the question, you can then go shopping for the perfect engagement ring together.