proposal tips

10 Essential Proposal Tips

Planning a proposal? We’re here to give you the answers before you pop the question! Check out these proposal tips inspired by our Customer’s Engagement Moments:

Proposal Tip 1: Plan ahead to capture the moment.

This moment will be one of your happiest and most authentic. Consider hiring a photographer, or ask a talented friend with a high-quality camera. Proposing alone? Learn from Gregory and Shauntay’s incredible West Virginia beach proposal and ask your SO for an auto-timer picture with your phone right before you propose.

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Proposal Tip 2: Nail the ring.

From all the stories we’ve heard, a dreamy ring is always the cherry on top of a dreamy proposal. Make sure to design a jaw-dropping engagement ring, with attention to setting style, metal, size, and diamond quality. Read our engagement ring buying guide and take a cue on ring design collaboration from Adam and Telisa’s New Year’s proposal.

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Proposal Tip 3: Think about your invites.

Some want family and friends there, like Lauren and Thomas’s special holiday party proposal. Others might want it to be just you two in an intimate setting, like Heather and Tara’s beautifully simple picnic proposal. Think about how you and your SO would want to celebrate after saying yes.

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Proposal Tip 4: Add personal references to your history together.

Start your future together by reminding your SO about your unbelievable past and present. Think like Michael, who proposed to Kasey after they ran one of their most challenging races together, or like Dayron, who proposed to Melissa on one of their cherished boating outings.

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Proposal Tip 5: Take advantage of epic events.

If you propose to your SO at a once-in-a-lifetime event, you’ll always associate that legendary day with your love story. Get ideas from Brad and Ashley’s solar eclipse proposal or from Ashleigh and Justin’s Super Bowl win.

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Proposal Tip 6: Involve holidays to double the celebration.

‘Tis the season! Proposing during the holidays comes with double the celebration and magically lit settings. Think about proposing in a gorgeously decked-out space like Devin and Megan’s sparkling Union Station proposal.

Proposal Tip 7: Speak from the heart.

Your connection can only be expressed in your own words. We love how spontaneously and genuinely Parker proposed to Lauren on a sidewalk – trust that your SO will be charmed by your honesty.

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Proposal Tip 8: Involve a decoy.

To get your SO where she needs to go without arousing suspicion, team up with a friend or family member. Make sure they’re good enough actors so the secret doesn’t get out! Think like Tony, who worked with Lindsey’s best friend to surprise her.

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Proposal Tip 9: Pair it with a bucket list adventure.

Take your SO on an adventure she’s always wanted to go on as a nod to all your future adventures together. It’ll be a great reminder of how you help each other grow. Get inspired by Lucas and Stephanie’s New Year’s NYC proposal and Glenn and Stacey’s Australian skydive story.

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Proposal Tip 10: Breathe.

You’ve got this! However you propose, your SO will love it because you love each other. We’ve seen our fair share of incredible proposal stories at and we can’t wait to add yours to the mix. Good luck and congratulations!

Read more stories and see the rings behind the moments on our customer proposal gallery.

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Tova is a lover of fantastic stories, and although she is skeptical of romantic comedies, she can quote most of the classics by heart.