Popping the big question is stressful enough in itself, but nothing adds pressure quite like trying to figure out how to propose. There’s a seemingly thin line between being original and overdoing it, and finding that sweet spot is undoubtedly tough. As you begin to formulate ideas, the most important thing to remember is that this is all about you and your partner. You want them to of course say yes, but the proposal should be unique to your relationship.
We gathered a few of our favorite ideas, and if even if you don’t do things quite the same, hopefully you’ll at least garner some inspiration!
Consider the following.
Time of Year
One of the easiest ways to make your engagement stand out is by popping the question when it’s not proposal season — A.K.A. November through January. You certainly don’t have to wait if you’re ready now, but those not in a rush might consider a less popular time of year when you might catch your future spouse completely off-guard.
Make sure you check off any of these applicable to-do items beforehand.
- Talk with their parents.
- Find out your S.O.’s ring size by searching through their jewelry drawer or work with a jeweler based on their height and weight.
- Take note of their style, both in-person and on platforms like Pinterest. You can also check with a trusted close friend or family member.
- Consider whether you want an audience or a post-engagement celebration.
- Most importantly, ask yourself if you and your partner are on the same page. Have you talked about marriage before? Will they feel taken aback? Are you both in a good place?
Now for the fun part. Use these ideas, make them your own, mix elements of some with others, whatever — just be creative!
A Night at the Cinema
Put the question in lights! This is an especially good idea for movie lovers, but who wouldn’t want to walk up to a theater to see their name and “Will you marry me?” on the marquee? Another cute idea is to purchase an ad that plays on the screen before the movie.
With a Pet
The great thing about enlisting the help from a furry friend is that it automatically makes the proposal feel special.
Having a group of friends and family spell out “Will you marry me?” is a lot cuter on umbrellas than posters. Plus, they can hide behind them while you’re approaching so the surprise isn’t ruined!
Write on a sidewalk with chalk, hike to the top of a mountain, carve into a tree, spell out the question in the sand — anything outside!
There are so many options with this method — and the best part is, this can be extremely personal with just the two of you having a night in, or game night with a bunch of people!
Street Artist or Band
Make a plan with a caricaturist, street performer or even a local band to “run into” on a casual stroll. If you opt for an artist, have them sketch a picture of you with “Will you marry me?” and for the performer or band, arrange to have your “song” played.
If your partner’s a big fan of podcasts, make and download a recording to their phone that describes how much you love them, then ask the big question (make sure you’re nearby when they listen!).
You can use this method with everything from a fortune cookie to a cup of coffee to even a separate piece of jewelry.
Fill a room at home or somewhere else with a ton of photos from your relationship. Add some string lights, candles or balloons to make the set-up extra special!
Arrange a local shop or bakery to display a sign or cake that reads “Will you marry me?”