How to Plan the Perfect Proposal { Advice }

Posted by The YesBabyDaily Team on 20 June 2013

How to Plan the Perfect Proposal

How to Plan the Perfect Proposal

Following our ‘perfect proposal’ competition - where we had entries from over 50 couples who shared their romantic proposal stories, we wanted to get some advice for South African men on how to plan the perfect wedding proposal. And who better to ask than The Perfect Proposal themselves!

The Perfect Proposal are an event planning company that specialise in proposals, anniversaries, romantic date nights & other special occasions. We interviewed the amazing Philippa Stewart from The Perfect Proposal & she gave us invaluable tips & advice on how to plan the perfect marriage proposal! From South African proposal locations to setting the mood – we’ve got you covered.

The Perfect Timing

For men thinking of popping the question – are there any telltale signs to look for to make sure she’s ready?

It’s definitely important to mention it before the big day! Just to see what her reactions are. We suggest doing it in the beginning stages, and then keeping it a big surprise! The more hints you drop, the more she will realize what is going on. Every relationship is different but one big sign is if she keeps asking you - then you know she’s ready! Lots of ladies become curious about when the big day will be - so if she starts hinting, you know the timing is right!

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The Perfect Preparation

What are a few things he should do or organize before the time?

1. Ask her father for her hand in marriage – its just good manners!
2. Organize the ring – it’s very important to have the ring for the proposal!
3. Remember to get the nerves under control – recuse drops are a big help!
4. Arrange her favorite things for the big day! Small details make the proposal more meaningful!
5. Keep it a secret! The more people you tell the more likely it is to get out! Also remember to hide the ring!
6.    You might want to hire a secret photographer to capture the moment!
6. Hire a proposal planner to make it perfect! (hint hint - visit The Perfect Proposal’s website)

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The Perfect Location

How can he narrow down a few locations for the perfect proposal?

I’m sure you have heard of the saying: location, location, location! It’s a very important part of the planning process! You have to think about the weather, you do not want her to feel uncomfortable or get rained on! It should be a meaningful place that brings back memories or creates better ones! She needs to feel comfortable in her surroundings – take into consideration other people being around or doing it in private! The perfect location is a big part of a successful proposal. If she is close to her family, you may want them there to share the moment.

The Perfect Ring

What about the ring? How does he know he’s getting it right?

We generally say look at what she wears, for example gold, silver, vintage.  Ask her friends or mother but make sure they can keep a secret! The size can be measured by her other rings she wears. We work closely with diamond dealers and gold smiths they are always willing to assist, as they are experts in their fields and know what girls want!

Proposal Advice

If there was one piece of advice you could give to South African guys before they propose – what would it be?

We think more creativity & originality is very important when it comes to proposals! Getting engaged is such a special time for both people involved so it’s important to get it right the first time round. Remember, it is a story that is told for generations to come – “How did he do it?” It’s the guy’s time to shine – he is in total control – it’s his moment to sweep her off her feet!

South Africans guys are sometimes shy when it comes to being romantic because of what their friends might think but when it comes to getting down on one knee most guys will go the extra mile to make their girl feel like a princess. That’s the guy you want to marry!

The Perfect Marriage Proposal

Tell us a bit more about your service, and how you can help plan an unforgettable proposal.

We are proposal planners! We plan your “perfect” marriage proposal! You might have an idea already but cant execute it or you need ideas from us! We can assist you at any stage! We take care of all the details, timings and suppliers leaving you to worry about one thing – saying those magic words – “Will you marry me?”

All couples are different, some are very romantic, and others are not. We help create the perfect setting and know what girls like. We take your likes & dislikes into account. We look at your relationship to see what would be meaningful to you both.  We aim to create perfect memories for your perfect proposal!

Five Unique Proposal Ideas

A Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger hunts are always an entertaining marriage proposal idea. Start off with a simple clue to someplace nearby, then get more complicated as the scavenger hunt progresses, and have the final location be a place where you can hide and then pop out and get down on one knee.

Hidden Message

Place sweet notes in different spots around the house. In each spot, write something that you love about your lady, and where to find the next note. In the last note say “For all these reasons and more, I want to spend the rest of my life with you. Will you marry me?”

Written in the Clouds

Hire a skywriter to spell out your proposal for everyone around to see.

Surprise Landing

If you’re in a long distance relationship, plan a trip for her to come visit and when she lands have a giant placard saying “Will you Marry Me?”

Pick Me!

Have a friend or family member set up a picnic—complete with a basket of her favourite things. Take your girlfriend for a hike on a route where you’ll stumble upon the surprise picnic!

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Looking for more inspiration?

1. Our 2013 top wedding themes
2. African wedding theme inspiration
3. See our Top South African Forest Wedding Venues


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