It's proposal season! The time for holiday cheer and family gatherings lends itself to proposals, but you want yours to be special, right? Right.
Here are five tips to help you plan the perfect proposal, brought to you by one-time proposal expert (#NailedIt), Sean Baxter.
1. Get an idea of what kind of ring your partner wants pretty far in advance
If your partner hasn't let on to their preference in ring style, it can be a tricky situation. There's almost no way to discreetly ask about ring sizes/styles without letting on that you're going to propose. Get a trusted friend or family member involved in the investigation. Check out her Pinterest page. You'll want to find out what her dream ring is quite some time before you're going to pop the Q. This way, even if she knows it's coming she'll still be surprised.
ProTip 1: My fiance's mom took her to a jewelry store while they were out running errands under the pretense that her mom "needed her ring cleaned." Once there, the girls tried on rings for fun and I got insider information!
2. Make it a surprise (if she's into that)
If your partner is not into surprises - obviously, skip this one. Some folks like to be involved in the planning/ring shopping/entire shindig, and that's great! Most times though, I think surprise proposals are the way to go.
ProTip 2: I knew my girlfriend would want her close friends around after the proposal to join us in celebrating. I had them meet and hide at the spot where I was going to propose.
3. Do the old fashioned thing - with a twist
Even though times they are a-changin', I still think it's a nice gesture to let your partner's parents know of your intentions. Maybe you don't have to "ask for her hand," but I think it speaks volumes to have a sit down with your soon-to-be in laws before the proposal. It sets a great tone for your engagement and future life together.
4. Propose at a place that has meaning to you two
Don't just plan a dinner date at a fancy restaurant (unless that restaurant has special meaning). Think outside the box. Does she love hiking? Propose on a trail that you two can visit again. Do you love nights in, watching Netflix? Set up a romantic proposal in your home.
ProTip 3: You want the proposal spot to be special, but not obvious!
5. Make sure someone's there to snap a few pictures or video
If at all possible, try to arrange someone to be there in the background to snap photos of the proposal. If you're planning on asking in a public place, perhaps ask someone near by discreetly right before you propose. If you think your partner would want her friends there, designate one of them to snap a few shots.