A marriage proposal may well be the most nerve-wracking, difficult question a couple faces, but it can also be one of the most romantic and rewarding. That simple question - will you marry me - properly asked to that one special person can mean a lifetime of togetherness, love, and commitment for better or worse.
When to Propose Marriage
There is no one right time to commit to marriage. Some couples may be financially, emotionally, and personally ready very quickly, while other couples may need months or years before they can confidently move their relationship to a long term, committed level. The key is not to rush into the decision, but at the same time, not to prevaricate until the right time has passed. When you are ready, there are certain basic parts of a marriage proposal to consider…
- The location, whether it is romantic, symbolic, or creative.
- The timing, perhaps for a holiday or while on vacation.
- The ring, or choosing to propose without a ring.
How to Propose
Once you've considered the basic parts of a proposal, it is time to decide the details. To make a proposal memorable and special, ask the following questions…
- Will the bride-to-be appreciate a surprise, spontaneous event, or one structured so all the details are accounted for?
- Have you considered what you are really asking?
- Do you have alternative plans available in case of bad weather, delays, or other obstacles?
- Is the ring clean and looking its best?
While the proposal will not take nearly as much planning as the wedding itself, a perfect proposal is the perfect start on a long road together, winding far past the altar and into years of happy anniversaries.