Tips for a Picture Perfect Proposal

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What does it take to make that proposal absolutely perfect? While some brides- and grooms-to-be may not be particularly picky, there are a few things that the proposer should probably keep in mind if they want things to go smoothly.

Know they’ll say “yes.” You don’t have to ruin the surprise, but do make sure that marriage is something you’ve talked about before. The last thing anyone wants is for the question, “Will you marry me?” to be answered in the negative. Be sure marriage is something you both want and see in your future together.

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Bring a ring. Proposing without a ring can be, well, a bit lackluster. If your future spouse is extra picky, ask a close friend or family member for help picking the ring. Unless you’ve previously discussed designing a custom ring or going ring shopping together, it’s probably best to at least bring a simple engagement ring that can be upgraded later.

Keep it secret, keep it safe. LOTR references aside, the element of surprise is something that can easily be lost the more people know about your plan. Tell only the necessary people and be sure that they can keep a secret, especially from your beloved.

Choose your words wisely. Tell your love all the reasons why you want to marry them. Make a list beforehand if you want, or just tell them how much they mean to you as it comes to you. The important thing is that they know just how much you love them and why you want to spend the rest of your lives together.

To kneel, or not to kneel? The traditional pose of going down on one knee to pop the question is one that’s not necessarily required, but is a romantic and charming gesture. Kneeling down is a vulnerable pose, and is one way of expressing your surrender and devotion to your loved one and to being a couple.

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