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15 Essential Tips About Proposing Marriage -- How To Propose Marriage

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One of the biggest moments in your life is when you propose marriage or are proposed to.

Here are ideas and tips on how to make your marriage proposal a memorable and delightful experience.

Difficulty: Average
Time Required: Just a few minutes

Here's How:

  1. Make sure you find the right person before you propose marriage.
    How to Know if You Are Marrying the Right Person

  2. Fall in love.

  3. Although it is a bit dated tradition, know enough about your future in-laws to know if they would like it if you ask permission from them before you propose marriage.

  4. Know enough about your future spouse so you can create a meaningful and delightful experience.
    Questions to Discuss BEFORE You Get Married

  5. Decide if you are going to purchase the engagement ring before or after you propose marriage.

  6. When purchasing an engagement ring, make sure you stay within your budget or financial capability.

  7. Pay attention to timing. Don't plan on proposing marriage when your future spouse is stressed or overwhelmed.

  8. Pick a memorable place, song, or occasion such as where you first met, or first kissed, etc.

  9. Set a romantic tone for your marriage proposal.

  10. Although we don't recommend that you do something silly like tying the engagement ring to a kite string or fishing line, we do think you should try to keep your marriage proposal fun.

  11. Keep your marriage proposal simple. The more complicated the marriage proposal is, the more things that could go wrong with your proposal plans!

  12. Make sure you don't lose the engagement ring if you've purchased one and hid it. Some folks hide an engagement ring so well that even they can't find it.

  13. Keep your marriage proposal private. Proposing in front of your future spouse's family or at a sports stadium may be exciting in the movies, but in real life, it is best to keep your marriage proposal just between the two of you.

  14. Again ... if you are thinking of tying the ring to the end of a kite string or fishing line, be certain that your intended has a great sense of humor and that you know how to tie a good knot!

  15. Share Your Marriage Proposal Stories!

Tips:

  1. Be prepared to have your best-laid marriage proposal plans fall apart.

  2. Focus more on the moment than on the engagement ring and other externals surrounding your marriage proposal.

  3. Try not to give your plans away by showing how nervous you are.

What You Need

  • A plan
  • A location
  • An engagement ring
  • Lots of love

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