Wedding article by MJ Silva May 18th 2015
So, you’re finally ready to propose.
Here’s a little help on how to make your marriage proposal unforgettable.
1. Surprise her.
Even if you have the closest relationship in the world and you tell each other everything, this time, try not to fall into the temptation of asking your bride-to-be what is the best way to propose. Simply propose to her! To be romantic and extraordinary, this proposal must be your best kept secret. Your girlfriend might love to give you insights about everything else, but not in this matter. She doesn’t want to give you ideas on how you should propose to her. She wants you to figure it out. Your better half will prefer that you come up with a plan yourself - even if it doesn’t include riding a gondola in Venice.
2. Location, location, location!
Maybe you won’t be able to propose to your girlfriend at the top of the Empire State Building on Valentine ’s Day. BUT – the place you choose to propose to her is key. You know your girlfriend. If you want the moment to be special, and her to say yes to forever and ever with you, don’t pop the question on a shopping mall parking lot after your car broke down.
Even the most free spirited woman likes to be proposed in a special, romantic place. It’s a girl thing. After all, this will be the topic of conversation for many years to come. Propose to your girlfriend on a date night by the ocean, instead. Dazzle her. Go that extra mile. Don’t propose in a restaurant. Too predictable.
If you don’t know where else, the place of your first date, somewhere with a gorgeous view or somewhere that means the world to her - you know which one it is - are perfect choices.
3. The ring
The engagement ring is a delicate, serious matter for most women. If not all women. You may not be able to ask your girlfriend about other things concerning your plans to propose. However, there is something YOU MUST DO: go shopping for your engagement ring together.
All women love a striking wedding ring. And your bride-to-be wants to have a saying in what she’ll be wearing. Always. It doesn’t have to be a huge rock, but a ring that will make her feel elegant.
One thing you can do is to go ring shopping together and then make the final decision yourself. Another option is to ask a close friend for advice on your girlfriend’s taste. The ultimate choice is to pay attention to when she window shops. But the winner romantic choice is to take note of her color preference, cut and carats, the first time she brings the subject up.
4. It’s about you and her.
Forget crowds. It may seem all too exciting watching marriage proposals on reality shows, but the truth is, if you want to make a romantic impact on your proposal moment, keep it a private affair. After all this is a milestone on your relationship. It’s about you and her. You’ll have your wedding and the rest of your lives together to tell the world about how utterly incredible, sweet and romantic it was.
It’s only natural to feel nervous and anxious with the anticipation of the moment. But remember: you’re there to propose for marriage, not to win a chess competition. The most important thing to remember is to make your soon-to-be-fiancée feel special, cherished and loved. Try not to plan every little detail. Let some surprise befall. It will make it more exciting, romantic and unforgettable. Enjoy your moment and follow your heart. It always knows where to take you.
Now you’re ready to take the next step. Make this milestone of your happily ever after album a remarkable, romantic and unforgettable one. For both of you.
Oh, one last piece of advice: If you pay attention and really listen, you’ll know exactly what to do.
Congratulations and welcome to your happily ever after. Make every moment count.
And may all your dreams come true.
M.J.Silva is an author and an artist.