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Tips To Planning The Perfect Proposal

Jan 1, 2008
The marriage proposal is a huge step in any relationship. It's something that women look forward to their entire lives. For that reason, it is essential that the proposal is completely unforgettable. Unforgettable does not have to equate to expensive. It is a moment that will be recounted over and over again for better or worse. If you just spring the question at a fast food joint, it will be a bit embarrassing when her co-workers, family, and friends ask how it happened.

First and foremost, make the marriage proposal personal. Hopefully, you know her better than anyone else in the world. Consider her interests, likes, dislikes, and preferences. Once you have taken all of that into consideration, plan a few ideas for the proposal. You can make the ideas as simple or complex as you want. If you have the financial means, you can fly to an exotic or particularly romantic spot to pop the question. If not, do not become discouraged. You can still plan a day to remember. I once heard that once a proposal has been done, it cannot be yours. This is true to a certain extent. Rather than copying an exact idea from a friend or the web, take general pointers and put your creative personal touches on it.

If the idea stage becomes truly challenging, resort to one of her trusted female friends or close family member. You can even hire a proposal planner to make it a perfect day. It's important that the person is trustworthy to keep the secret. The little touches should not be underestimated. If you can, include a heartfelt song, a beautiful love note, or poem.

The element of surprise is extremely essential as well. Many women are planners by nature. Your partner may typically plan your dates, trips, etc. The proposal should have that element of surprise for her. She will be touched to know that you planned all of the details. If your proposal requires traveling or specific arrangements, keep all of the information out of sight and to yourself. The more you involve outside help, the greater the chance that the information will leak to her. Many restaurants, hotels, and venues are happy to assist with the details if you let them in on your plan.

The main purpose of the proposal, of course, is to convey how you feel about spending your life with her. Let her know how you feel about her in your own words. If it helps, you can write out your thoughts ahead of time or even practice. It's normal to be nervous about taking such a big step, but remember to take deep breaths and relax. Women have varying ideas about whether the proposal should be traditional and on one knee or not. Most women give hints to their dream proposal so tune in for that information. If possible, have someone video tape the actual proposal or take a few photos. That way, the memories will be captured for the future.
About the Author
Christie Saffold is a columnist at St Valentines Day Gift Baskets where you can read more of Christie's relationship tips and view fine Mrs Beasley's gift baskets for that romantic February day.
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