A marriage proposal might be the single most important thing you’ll do in your life.
The most notable, for sure.
The pressure to come up with creative ways to propose your, hopefully, future wife is often insurmountable. It’s always been a stressful thing to do, but with all the great ways to propose already taken and worn out, it’s a challenge to think of how to pop the question.
So, let’s go over some dos and don’ts of proposals.
When to propose
There probably isn’t a man on the face of Earth that hasn’t wondered when the right time to propose his girlfriend was.
A marriage proposal has to be perfectly timed. What you want is to pop the question while there’s still love and passion in your relationship, but not too soon. However, it’s up to you to tell the right moment.
The most common mistake men make with their marriage proposals is that they wait for too long, or don’t wait long enough.
You do not want to propose before you’re certain that your woman’s personality is something you can and want to live until you die.
But, a marriage proposal that comes simply because there’s nothing else you can do in your relationship is an equally bad idea.
Where to propose
The second step in making your marriage proposal plan is to think of the ideal place for the marriage proposal.
The best marriage proposals work with a combination of novelty and sentimentality. In other words, you want to find a place that exciting and personally meaningful to both of you.
For example, if you’ve had your first date in an Italian restaurant, don’t take her there and propose. It’s a cliché. Instead, arrange the most memorable surprise wedding proposal for her by taking her to Italy, ordering the same dish you’ve had in the restaurant on your first date, and then ask the question.
See the difference?
Memorable proposal ideas
For those of you lacking the inspiration, you’re allowed to search for marriage proposal ideas you can take and customize.
And please, do customize.
There are many ideas for unique marriage proposals out there. But they’re unique only if you make them into something that’s not a cookie-cutter approach to the deed.
Whether you opt for a surprise wedding proposal, or you’ve already suggested that it’s coming her way, a marriage proposal is one thing that deserves to be thought through.
How not to propose
Same as with the best ways to propose, the worst ways to propose are also fairly dependent on your personal preference and story.
In essence, what you need to avoid at all causes is an impersonal marriage proposal. Then, you should also do your best to focus on your girlfriend like you’ve never focused before.
In other words, do not think of surprise proposal ideas that will make her hair stand up, do not pop the question the same way you would ask her to pass the beer, and do not spoil it with moving on directly to your future marriage budget talk. Do not make it about yourself.
Do take a lot of time to examine each part of the planned proposal to make sure you aren’t doing something she would dislike.
Proposal tips as Dos and Don’ts
So, let’s recapitulate everything that we talked about in this article, so that you can venture into the new stage of your life.
We all know that planning a proposal has a way of causing men to lose their composure, so a short list of dos and don’ts that you need to have in front of you at all times should help.
DO – propose while your love is still alive and kicking
DON’T – rush; or wait for decades
DO – pick a place of significance for your relationship
DON’T – pick the easiest of such places
DO – explore available ideas out there
DON’T – take them without adapting them and making them unique
DO – allocate a lot of time into thinking through (and discretely finding out) what she would like and dislike
DON’T – make it impersonal, to your taste, or lacking the special feel.
You get the picture – a marriage proposal is about her. It’s her special day. It’s not the wedding day, although you were told that it was.
It’s really the proposal, that is the day she’ll keep getting back to in her memories. So, be diligent, and be aware of the importance of the proposal for your wife to be.