In your life, there’s nothing more nerve-racking than the idea of proposing marriage to the girl of your dreams. Yes, you know that she’s the one. Yes, you have a ring picked out. Yes, you have 100% confidence that you want to spend your life with her. But even so, when it comes to the proposal, anxiety runs rampant.
Why? Because many men are worried that their proposal won’t be up to snuff? They’re worried that the moment won’t live up to their girlfriends’ expectations and they’ll be left on one knee, all alone. Fortunately, you might have more confidence that that won’t ever happen – but that’s no reason that you can’t make this moment special.
If you want to raise the bar, it will help to ditch the usual down-on-one-knee-at-k and look “outside the box” for proposal ideas that will truly engage her and let her know just how much she means to you. Here are just a few popular suggestions.
Finding a unique location: If you don’t want to venture too far outside the box, but you do want to make sure that the marriage proposal is extremely memorable, then location is key. Location is important because it provides the context for the proposal: most people would agree that there’s a major difference between proposing at a convenience store and proposing on a mountaintop. One’s wildly inappropriate; the other’s wildly memorable.
Here are a few unusual and exotic locations you could try to get outside the box:
- The aforementioned mountaintop after a hike
- A cave tour
- Renting out an entire restaurant
- Canoeing in the middle of a lake
- During a concert or sports event
- A place with a view like a city skyline or a sandy beach
When you pick a grand location, you might also supplement the moment by arranging for a photographer to document the big moment – it won’t only add to the experience, but will be a great way to document a pivotal event in your life.
Planning ahead is crucial: The best way to ensure that a marriage proposal is memorable is to be two steps ahead of your girlfriend. For example, you can change an ordinary park proposal into something magical by speaking to park officials ahead of time and arranging a pattern of white lights under the gazebo.
Some people have even arranged for marriage proposals straight out of a movie by hiring people “on the street” to sing a song, or break into a choreographed dance. Or in cooler climates, you might hire an ice sculptor to decorate a park before you head out for a Christmastime stroll.
The key to making it all work? Imagination. Don’t settle for dinner and a proposal: make something about the evening a little magical, even if it takes a little forethought. That work will be well worth it when you see the surprised and gleeful look in her eyes as she says yes.