How To Make Your Proposal More Personal

With Valentine’s Day coming up, this article offers some inspiration on some imaginative ways to pop the question that are sure to sweep your partner off their feet.  The challenge with popping the question on Valentine’s Day is that it can feel somewhat cliché, which is why you’ll want to differentiate your proposal from the standard dinner and champagne in order to keep it feeling personal and significant to the two of you.

This article looks at a number of creative ways to pop the question, but before we get into that, it might be worth heading somewhere like  for some engagement ring inspiration. However, it’s important to remember that an engagement isn’t all about a fancy ring.  The true essence of a proposal is simply that of declaring to someone that you want to spend the rest of your life with them – it shouldn’t be predicated on buying a fancy ring, however, as a society we have been conditioned to place a great deal of emphasis on the quality and size of the diamond that accompanies the proposal.


The point is that your love, and the person you are, is enough… a proposal is not a gimmick; it’s an intention to get married in a union that lasts forever.  With that in mind, here’s some inspiration on ways to pop the question this Valentine’s Day:

  1. Massage

Enjoy a pamper evening together, then set up a few candles and offer a romantic massage where you save the left hand for last – and as you massage that hand, slip the ring on her finger, and gently pop the question in this wonderfully understated yet deeply intimate way.



  1. Pet Proposal

If you have a pet together, you could place the ring on its collar – just be careful to plan this well, as you don’t want the engagement ring to end up lost in the garden.



  1.  Surprise Picnic

One of the best options is to pre-prepare a picnic setting in a beautiful natural environment such as the beach… drive there, and then ask her to put on a blindfold – lead her to the spot you have set up, where perhaps there is a tent with tons of blankets too… get down on one knee and explain she can finally remove the blindfold.



  1.  Turn Up At Her Door

If you’ve seen the classic Christmas film Love Actually ( you’ll remember a scene where a guy turns up, without speaking, and has a number of large cards written out which contain a very sentimental conversation.  This is a great option if you’re shy, or if your partner is a particular fan of romantic movies or is particularly soppy.



  1.  Love Locks

Made famous by a variety of bridges around the world, though most notably in Paris, couples share a secret then attach a padlock to the bridge and throw the key in the river.  The engagement twist, is to go back to a place where you have done this together, yet this time there is an engagement ring on a padlock next to it (just remember, this time, to keep the key).

In summary, the way you pop the question should be inventive and tailored to their specific interests and the nature of your relationship; whatever you choose to do just make sure it’s personal to the two of you.

Disclaimer: This is a collaborative blog post.

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