Tips for Proposing

Blimps writing in the sky. Shouting from the top of a skyscraper. Hiding it in the dessert of a fancy restaurant. Awaiting her arrival in a bed of roses. Proposals have covered it all. Your gal may be the diehard baseball fan who would love your proposal broadcasted on the Jumbotron. She may be the nature-loving type whose life would be made by finding you on bended knee at the end of a scavenger hunt.

Whatever the case may be, you know her better than anyone else. There's no doubt you want to make your engagement day everything that she's dreamed it up to be, and more.

The Knot polled women about things that they would really like to have said and done in their engagement.

So to all the fellas out there who are hoping to make the leap with your girlfriend into the ultimate commitment, here are a few tips:

1. Keep It a Surprise

Maybe you're uber nervous about popping the question and her not liking your style or method, but guess what! She's the one you want to spend forever with, and we're guessing (and hoping) she feels the same. So take a deep breath, but don't ruin the fun by asking her exactly how she wants you to do it. Her not knowing the specifics will make it that much more romantic when you sweep her off her feet.

2. Location, Location, Location

You know what happens whenever you hear that one particular song? You and your best friend had that one crazy night freshmen year where you just drove around town and talked all night. And Ricky Martin's Livin La Vida Loca was blairing from the speakers the whole time. Now, whenever you hear that song, you're taken back to a time of no worries and the sweet bliss of growing up.

The same is true with the location you choose to pop the question. Make sure you pick a place that she can tell to her friends and family with a huge smile on her face. Maybe it's the diner you had your first date at or the bench you sat on during your first walk.

3. Discuss Engagement Rings with Her

Hopefully the topic of engagement has been talked about enough that you know (or are pretty darn sure) that's what she wants too. She may not be very picky when it comes to clothing or food, but chances are that she cares and has put thought into what cut, clarity, and quality she wants in a ring. Don't make a final decision on a ring without shopping around with her a little bit.

4. Size Really Doesn't Matter (Ok, maybe a tiny bit)

Shape, size, and quality are ultimately the factors that go into choosing that perfect stone. But believe it or not, most women prefer high quality over carats. Although most women won't object if you get her an oversized diamond, only 7 percent said that they would prefer a big ring over a more beautiful, smaller one.

5. Don't Opt Out on the Ring

It's not the end of the world if you don't have the engagement ring when you're proposing. But the minute you announce your engagement, everyone will want to see the two of you. Every woman in the room will grab your new fiance's hand, and it would be a real shame for her left ring finger to be bare when they do. If you can't get the ring in time, make sure you get her a placeholder so she doesn't feel jipped out on the tradition.

6. Ask for Her Parents' Permission

Although some might say this is an old-fashioned tradition, 81 percent of women polled said that this is a must or at least a very admirable gesture. Before taking the hand of the one you love, make sure you receive a blessing from the ones that raised her and loved her first.

7. Say the Words "Will You Marry Me?"

Yes, the nerves will kick in. You might be sweating like crazy and develop a speech impediment you never had before, but don't forget to ask those four words that will begin your beautiful new journey.


Let Empire Productions help make this journey the best that it can be! We walk with you step by step to make things easy for you.

One of the coolest things we get to be a part of is couples' love stories. We ask you some questions about each other, and both of you share your version of how you met, started dating, and how your story has unfolded since. We will write it in story form and share it with your friends and family at your wedding reception. We believe that each couple has a special, unique, and beautiful love story!

For more information and to find out how we can make your wedding day epic, call us at 605-929-2202 or email

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