You have decided to pop the question on Valentine’s Day, but still didn’t choose a location? From breakfast in bed to a candle-lit dinner on a tropical beach resort, your proposal can be as extravagant or as simple as you want. In order to create the perfect scenario, you need to think about her and consider what she likes or where she feels comfortable. Try to think of a place that has a special meaning, such as the place where you first met or had a first kiss, a restaurant where you had the a memorable date or a destination where you had the most romantic holiday. This will bring back the good memories and make your romantic proposal more personal. On the other hand, you can opt for a theatrical-style proposal. Take her to see her favourite play and ask her to marry you on the stage afterwards! Or if you think she would prefer an intimate proposal, just create a romantic setting at home!
Valentine’s Day proposals are usually easy to plan because couples spend the day together anyway. She won’t suspect anything if you treat her with a romantic dinner or take her to a special destination. One of the most popular options is an engagement at a tropical resort, so consider exotic destinations such as Fiji, Bali, Maldives and Bora Bora for your beach proposal, or pick one of the top Australian holiday spots such as the Whitsundays. Why not spoil yourselves with a few days of pampering and pure relaxation! You can also plan a holiday in Europe or America and pop the question in one of the romantic cities such as Paris or New York, write it in the snow at one of the ski resorts, or choose a quirky place she will love such as Disneyland.
Once you picked the perfect location, it is time to think of the ideal timing for the proposal. From early morning to late in the evening, it can be any time of day. The time will largely depend on the location you have chosen. If you decide to pop the question in a restaurant, then perhaps dinner time is the optimal choice, but you can also arrange a romantic brunch and make other plans for the evening. The general rule is to do it earlier rather than later, unless you have a specific idea in mind which involves candles, fireworks or dining under the stars. Remember that you also want to make it unexpected, so a morning surprise with a delicious breakfast or a midday picnic might be just the right option.
Of course, the engagement ring is very important! It just isn’t a proposal if there isn’t a ring, so make sure have to have something to slip on her finger, even if it is not the real thing. Choosing an engagement ring is a daunting task for many men, so if you are not entirely sure what kind of bling would blow her mind, then consider asking someone to help you. It can be one of her friends or relatives or a professional engagement planner. And if you want to let her choose the bling herself, just propose with a mock ring, a fashionable band or even a toy sparkler and then she can pick a real one afterwards.
If you want to do it in style – make it personal. Avoid the clichés and even if you choose one of the classic proposal scenarios such as covering the bed with flower petals, add some twist to it. For example if you want to surprise your sweetheart with a romantic dinner at home, hire a professional chef to have it cooked for you, and if you are planning to propose on the beach, find a secluded spot where you will have a private moment. A personal element might also be a song or a film, so hire a band or a chorus to sing for her or organise a private screening of your favourite movie. If you already have children, you may include them by giving them special tasks, or even involve your pet.
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