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How to Propose: 5 Steps to Help You Pop the Big Question

Filed in Couples, Planning Tips — October 27, 2023

So, you’ve made up your mind to pop the big question, but you don’t just want to ask, you want to wow! If you need help with how to plan to propose in a way that’ll leave your special someone in awe, then you’re in luck because we’ve got five fantastic ways to make planning your proposal fun and maybe even simpler than you may have thought!

Before we dive into the fun stuff, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Public or Private? You decide!
  • Always have a Plan B.
  • Keep your plans super hush-hush.
  • Run through the whole idea with your photographer.
  • Pack a touch-up kit for your significant other to look their best in those post-proposal portraits.


1. Find the perfect ring!

Thinking of going the traditional route with an engagement ring? Great! Start the proposal planning adventure by hunting down that perfect sparkler. Maybe it’s a meaningful family heirloom, or perhaps your partner has been dropping hints about their dream ring. If you’re clueless about the style, don’t worry. Taking your special someone ring shopping won’t spoil the surprise; it’ll give you a sneak peek into their preferences.

2. Snap It Up with a Pro Photographer

Before you do anything else, book a pro photographer. These folks (not to toot my own horn or anything) are proposal experts and will be your secret weapon for a flawless surprise. They’ll help you choose the perfect location and even have some sneaky tactics up their sleeves to ensure your proposal stays a surprise. Plus, with them on board, you can focus on the location and popping the question – they’ll handle the rest.

Expert tip: Guys always think that their girlfriend is “on to them” as soon as they start thinking about proposing. Remember, unless you’ve been dropping mad hints about it, they are not going to know you’re planning to propose. So take a deep breath, and just have fun with the process. She’s not going to find out unless you’re being super obvious.

If you need some more help with planning the photography side of things while keeping the proposal a surprise remember, this is my speciality as someone who has a lot of experience in this department! Don’t hesitate to reach out and schedule a consult with me, I’m here to help!

3. Location, Location, Location!

Your proposal should tell your unique love story, so think hard about the location. Did your romance kick off with a beach date? That’s your spot. Spend weekends together at the local park? Perfect proposal territory. Put some thought into it; it’ll make the moment extra special. If you’re stuck, consult your photographer for inspiration – they’ve got the inside scoop on the best spots. If you hire me, I include an extensive location guide with all my sessions to help you choose the ultimate spot!

Expert Tip: Always have a Plan B. Even the smoothest plans can hit a bump in the road.

4. Time to Pick the Date

With your photographer and location sorted, it’s time to choose the date and time. This can be tricky, considering your photographer’s availability, transportation logistics, and your partner’s schedule. Don’t hesitate to recruit family and friends who can keep a secret for some extra help, planning an epic surprise proposal can take a bit of extra work from helpers sometimes, and they’ll be so happy you included them!

5. Unleash Your Creative Side

Now, for the fun part! With the logistics handled, it’s time to let your creativity shine. Plan a picnic, a thrilling scavenger hunt, or even a surprise party with your closest pals – the possibilities are endless! If you need more unique ideas, check out some sweet and creative proposal ideas.

now you know how to propose!

Congratulations! You’ve pulled off the ultimate surprise proposal. Now, it’s time to celebrate with an unforgettable engagement party. If you’re ready for champagne toasts and heaps of congratulations, here’s everything you need to know about throwing an engagement party that matches your love’s awesomeness. Cheers! 🥂🎉

Word to the Wise: Delete this page and others from your search history if you share devices/computers!

Want to work with a me for your proposal? I’ve helped loads of nervous grooms-to-be plan and photograph their proposal and keep it a surprise! Fill out an inquiry here and lets chat!

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