10 Tips On How To Plan The Perfect Surprise Proposal (And What Not To Do)

Hey there, lovebirds! Are you ready to take the plunge and embark on a lifetime of happiness together? Planning the perfect surprise proposal can be both exhilarating and nerve-wracking, but fear not! I'm here to guide you through this magical journey. As a seasoned wedding photographer, I've witnessed countless heartwarming moments and learned a thing or two about what makes a proposal truly unforgettable. So, grab your partner's hand, and let's dive into these 10 tips that will help you create a proposal story worth sharing!

1. Know Your Partner's Style:

Take some time to understand your partner's preferences. Are they a private or public person? Do they love grand gestures or prefer intimate moments? Tailor your proposal to match their personality for an extra touch of thoughtfulness.

2. Choose the Perfect Location:

Think about a place that holds special meaning for both of you. It could be where you had your first date, where you shared your first kiss, or a spot that represents your shared interests. The location will add sentimental value to the moment.

3. Timing is Everything:

Consider the best time of day and year for your proposal. Whether it's a sunrise on a beach or a starry night in a park, the right timing can elevate the ambiance and create a truly magical atmosphere. Hot tip: I can help recommend the best time of day. 

4. Gather Your Support Team:

Enlist the help of friends, family, photographer or planner to ensure everything goes smoothly. They can assist with logistics, setup and capturing the moment! 

5. Plan a Decoy Event:

To maintain the element of surprise, organise a decoy event or outing. It could be a romantic dinner, a weekend getaway, or a casual outing with friends. This way, your partner won't suspect a thing until the big moment arrives!

6. The Ring: Size Doesn’t always Matters, but Style Does: 

When choosing the engagement ring, consider your partner's taste. Pay attention to the jewelry they wear or casually ask their friends for advice. And remember, it's not just about the size of the diamond or gemstone; the style and sentiment behind the ring matter too.

7. Practice Makes Perfect:

Rehearse your proposal in advance. Practice what you'll say and how you'll get down on one knee. It may feel silly, but it will help you feel more confident when the real moment arrives.

8. Capture the Moment:

Don't forget to document this incredible milestone! Hiring yours truly! as you engagement photographer ensures that every precious second is beautifully preserved. Visit my website at https://www.blackochrephotography.com/black-ochre-photography-pricing/ to check out my portfolio and learn more about booking me for your special day.

9. Plan a Celebration:

Once your partner says "Yes!" have a plan to celebrate this joyous occasion. Arrange a surprise picnic or gathering with close friends and family, book a romantic dinner for two. Celebrating together will make the moment even more memorable. Hot Tip: I have a list of suppliers we can plan the whole event for you. 

10. Be Present in the Moment:

Amidst all the excitement and nerves, remember to enjoy the moment. Take a deep breath, look into your partner's eyes, and savor this unforgettable experience. It's a memory you'll both cherish forever.

Bonus tips: What Not To Do:

1. Avoid Overcomplicating:

While creativity is key, don't overcomplicate your proposal. Keep it simple and heartfelt, focusing on the genuine connection between you and your partner. Remember, it's the thought and sincerity that count, not an extravagant production.

2. Don't Forget the Ring Box:

Imagine the disappointment of reaching into your pocket only to find an empty hand! Make sure you have the ring box securely tucked away before the big moment. Double-check it's there to avoid any unnecessary panic or awkwardness. Hot Tip: make sure you find a good hiding place! 

3.Don't Rush the Moment:

Timing is crucial, but rushing through the proposal can diminish its impact. Allow the moment to unfold naturally and embrace the emotions that come with it. Take your time to express your love and commitment, making the moment truly unforgettable.

Remember, while these "what not to do" tips are important, what truly matters is the love and intention behind your proposal. Your partner will appreciate the effort and thought you put into creating a special and memorable moment.

To book me as your engagement photographer and document your effortless love, visit my website at https://www.blackochrephotography.com I can't wait to help you create a beautiful visual story of your love!