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Creating the ultimate proposal can be overwhelming, no matter how grand or intimate. While you don't have to break the bank or plan some elaborate scheme to pop the question, there is something to be said for making sure your proposal "pops," or stands out—both from other stories and in your memory (after all, you'll be telling this tale for decades to come). The best way to do this? Think ahead, and put your feelings into actions or words, both of which will speak volumes in that magical, meaningful moment. Regardless of what you decide to do, experts share their tips on how to make sure your proposal feels special in its own way.
"It doesn't have to be rehearsed—sometimes off the cuff is more sincere and memorable."
- Heather Lowenthal, Owner, Posh Parties
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Location, Location, Location
"Select a location that means something to you both. Perhaps you had your first date here, or your first kiss here. A place that has fond memories for you both."
- Merilee Hennings, Owner & Wedding Planner, EverAfter Events
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Capture the Moment Professionally
"If you choose a private or destination proposal, hire a photographer or videographer to record your loved one's reaction. They'll appreciate being able to send them to loved ones later, and it's a great way to remember the sweetness of that time in your lives."
- Rachel Ashcraft, Owner & Photographer, Rachel Red Photography
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Write It Down
"There is nothing in the world like knowing why and how you are loved. When creating your perfect proposal, consider writing down your feelings in words. You can write poem, a meaningful list of all of the reasons you love him or her or even the vows that you plan to say on your wedding day. It can be simple and handwritten or you can have an artist or calligrapher help breathe your vision into life. Either way, you will not only be creating a beautiful memory, but a tangible representation of your proposal story and a truly special gift that can be treasured and passed down through time."
- Melanie McKinley, Creative Director, Mayhar Design
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It's All About the Details
"Think about the little details ... presenting the ring in a beautiful heirloom box will be such a fun keepsake and something they will cherish forever!"
- Brooke Keegan, Owner, Brooke Keegan Special Events
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Don't Underestimate the Element of Surprise
"Make it a surprise! Find a time and place where it isn't expected—if you can do this, you will help create a memorable and special engagement memory."
- Adam Donovan-Groves, Owner & Wedding Planner, Donovan-Groves Events
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Shower Them with Flowers
"Surprise your loved one with a bouquet of flowers. Keep in mind men appreciate the sentiment of nature as well."
- Alise Davis, Owner & Principal Design, Olive Willow Designs
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(Ring) Size Matters
"The simplest but often overlooked thing you can do when proposing is to make sure the ring fits! If you can't find her/his exact ring size, ask your jeweler to size it a little large. It's better to have a ring that's too big than one that doesn't fit at all. There's nothing more anticlimactic than not being able to get the ring on right after she/he says 'yes.'"
- Teissia Treynet, Founder & CEO, Firefly Events
Ring by Susie Saltzman
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Incorporate the Ones You Love
"If your bride- or groom-to-be is extra close with family and friends, planning a proposal that somehow incorporates their favorite loved ones can help make the event even more special. Whether that means having them present when you are down on one knee or planning a post-proposal party, this is an incredibly thoughtful way to make your engagement a family affair."
- Stephanie Bradshaw, Owner & Creative Director, Stephanie Bradshaw