A marriage proposal should be a magical moment. The element of surprise mixed with your dedicated planning is the perfect recipe for a proposal to remember. You and your partner should be reminiscing about it for years to come, and the mere thought of it should bring a smile to your face.

If you want to create an unforgettable marriage proposal, you’ve come to the right place. We have created a guide with tips for mastering that swoon-worthy scenario to frame the big “yes.”

1. Understand What They Want

The first key to planning a wedding proposal is understanding your partner’s preferences. Every person is unique and has a different idea of what the perfect occasion consists of. Before diving right into your planning, take some time to reflect on your partner’s personality, interests, and desires.

Do they bask in being in the spotlight, or does attention make them feel uncomfortable? A great place to start is to decide whether you’ll plan a public proposal or a more personal and intimate one with just the two of you. Consider their reaction if they had ever witnessed a proposal in the past. What would be their dream proposal? You may have good luck gathering intel from their closest friends and family. (Per step #2, make sure you’re only consulting a limited number of people.)

A mediocre cup of coffee is one thing; a mediocre marriage proposal is another. Reach for the stars! Channel your partner’s personality to help guide your decisions and create an unforgettable proposal that resonates deeply with your spouse-to-be.

2. Be Selective With Who You Tell

We know you can hardly contain your excitement, but the fewer people you tell about the proposal, the better. This decreases the chances of your partner finding out about the surprise. Even the most trustworthy friends slip sometimes. Stick to only telling those who must know. This includes friends and family who are involved in the proposal.

Stress the importance of keeping it a secret. Ensure nobody ruins the surprise. What a major letdown if your partner gets wind of what you’re up to because someone couldn’t keep their mouth shut.

3. Choose the Perfect Location

Is there a place that is sentimental to you and your partner? When choosing a location, consider a place with a romantic connection for you and your partner. It could be where you had your first date, your first kiss, or the spot you were standing when you first said, “I love you.”

Once you’ve pondered some particular locations, ask yourself these questions:

  • How private or public do you want the proposal to be?
  • How much space do you need to execute your proposal, and which place would accommodate that?
  • Do you want the proposal to be outdoors or indoors?

4. Plan the Logistics

Once you’ve nailed down the location, it’s time to plan the logistics of your fabulous proposal. Here’s an excellent place to start:

  • Set a date and time that work best for you and your partner and ensure either the intimacy and privacy or the publicity you desire.
  • Acquire any necessary permission, permits, or arrangements, depending on where you propose. Do not try to get around this. The last thing you want is for your proposal to end in a police bust.
  • Consider hiring a professional photographer to capture the big moment discreetly.

Remember to make your proposal personal and infuse it with elements that reflect your unique love story. Consider playing their favorite song during the proposal or a song that holds special meaning to the two of you.

5. Throw Them off Your Scent

What story are you going to come up with for your partner as a diversion? Will you tell them you’re going out to dinner? Are they going to believe their friends are taking them to the movies? This is the only acceptable time to lie to your partner for a worthy cause to ensure the marriage proposal is the perfect surprise. You have our permission.

This is a crucial element of the proposal. Make sure it’s believable so they don’t even think twice when presented with the “fake” activity. Also, make sure the “fake” activity requires the same dress code as your actual activity so that your partner dresses nicely without giving the surprise away.

6. Execute It

Then, all that’s left is to execute the big surprise! It’s perfectly normal to feel nervous. When the moment is nearing, take deep breaths and remember why you’re doing this — because you want to spend the rest of your life with the person you love. Don’t be afraid to incorporate and ask for help from trusted family and friends. But remember, if they can’t keep a secret, keep them out of the loop.

7. Plan an After Party

Once your partner says “yes” and you share some special time, what will you do next? It’s time to celebrate, so make sure you plan something post-engagement. This could be a special dinner or activity or even a party to announce it to your closest friends and family, allowing them to shower you with love and excitement.

Marriage proposals make us smile from ear to ear. It’s the beautiful start to a journey of love. Planning a marriage proposal requires creativity, personalization, and organization. By understanding your partner’s personal preferences, selecting the perfect location, and adding elements that tell a story of your love, you can create a proposal that captures their heart forever, which is exactly the goal. Keep our event planning services in mind when planning your proposal or future luxury wedding.