High on the mountains of the Scottish Highlands. On the beach as the sun sets over the Caribbean blue ocean. Whatever you imagine, you can do for your proposal. But unless your proposal is spontaneous, you may need to plan ahead to make sure it goes off without a hitch.
Organization is the backbone of any well-planned endeavor. And your engagement should be one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences for you and your beloved.
With careful consideration, you can create one of the most romantic events of your lives.
Here are some questions you should ask yourself:
- Should it be a surprise for your partner?
- Where is your perfect spot?
- Do you want friends and family involved?
- Do you need help?
- Is it possible to do what you want?
Before you get started, take a look at some of the ways you can create a magical proposal for your sweetheart.
Plan the Trip
Step one of planning your destination engagement is to give yourself plenty of time. A spontaneous, spur of the moment trip might not go as planned. While you can drive out to the beach and propose at sunset, that isn’t what we’re really talking about here. If you want to plan something elaborate, travel to a beloved spot, and make the proposal of a lifetime, you’ll need to start early.
You don’t have to do this alone. There are professional engagement organizers who can help you through the process. Even if you don’t decide to go with a full-service professional, you can get others to help along the way.
For example, if there’s a perfect restaurant in Amsterdam with views of the boats on the canals, don’t expect that you can just show up and get the perfect table. Contact them ahead of time and let them know what you’re planning. They can help with a reservation, the right spot in the restaurant, and even plan an amazing meal just for you and your partner.
Pack the Ring
Let’s talk about the ring. It has to be the perfect engagement ring. Without it, the entire experience is nothing more than a question. The ring is the exclamation point and question mark at the end of the sentence. To make sure you have everything you need, plan ahead to pack and secure the ring in a place where it won’t be discovered or lost.
- Driving: Put the ring box in your accessories bag or toiletries bag. This is not a place your partner will necessarily look and it will keep it in one place throughout your trip. Keep tabs on it throughout the trip to make sure you know where it is. Some people are concerned about theft either from a car or a hotel room, but it’s not a good idea to keep it in your pocket the entire time.
- Flying: If you’re flying, things get a little more complicated. Don’t pack the ring in your checked baggage, because it could get lost, damaged, or worse. Keep it in your carry on in a nondescript box. Make sure you’ve taken everything out that complies with the TSA guidelines before putting your bag through security, such as electronics or liquids. If you do that, the agents will be less likely to find something to search. You don’t want them to spoil the surprise while your partner is standing with you.
Make it a Surprise
Okay, you’ve decided to make the whole trip a surprise. With the modern busy schedule, this can be a massive undertaking. It won’t be easy, but here’s what you need to do to make it happen:
- Book the plane and hotel.
- Clear both of your schedules.
- Keep it simple.
- Pack the bags with the essentials.
You want to keep this portion of the trip as simple as possible. Even if your partner loves surprises, complicated trips can cause extreme anxiety.
Of course, you can only do this if you know they will be happy with the spontaneity of the entire thing. If you do decide to surprise your partner and they are already overwhelmed with work, school, or other personal issues, they aren’t going to be in the right frame of mind to be fully involved once they realize what’s happening.
A surprise isn’t out of the question, but proceed with caution if you do decide to do this.
Talk to a professional
We already mentioned professionals, so we wanted to give you more information on the subject. If it’s within your budget, hiring a proposal specialist can take a lot of the stress off your plate as well. This can give you a chance to experience and enjoy the trip, leaving you with the single job of asking your beloved to marry you.
How do you know who to contact? Can you just Google “Professional proposal planners?” Well, sure you can. Anyone who plans for romantic events, such as weddings or engagement parties, can also help you manage this process. In fact, by establishing this relationship before you even propose, you may be able to work with them again for your wedding, making everyone more comfortable with the process.
Roll with the Punches
Finally, you need to know that no matter how well you plan something, anything can happen to derail your perfect proposal. Is it too cloudy and rainy to propose at sunset? Is there too much fog in the mountains obscuring the perfect view? Weather is only one thing that can go wrong, and one of the few things over which you have no control.
Keep in mind that popular tourist spots are going to be crowded. If you think the top of the Space Needle in Seattle is your perfect spot, you may find yourself shoulder to shoulder with a bunch of looky-loos who could spoil your moment.
Create a plan B. If you can’t get the perfect spot or the sun isn’t cooperating, consider your alternative options. If you’ve already made reservations at an amazing restaurant, shift your proposal to dinner or over drinks.
By planning ahead, you can make any proposal special and your destination engagement will be the most amazing start for your lives together.