Hey there love birds, planning on proposing? We at Brilliant Event Planning already showed you how to make your proposals pop, now let us help you avoid the trap of the dreaded cliché proposal. Here are our Dos and Don’ts for sending you on your way to wedded bliss!
Do: Prep your man or lady properly
Whether you ultimately decide on bringing your significant other to dinner, or some other special event, it’s important to let them know that you two will be going somewhere special. We guarantee your significant other will want to look extra spiffy the day they get proposed to, so make sure you accurately set up the situation, without giving anything away!
Don’t: Borrow your Playbook
While every hopeless romantic loves a good RomCom, don’t take the easy way out by copying a scene straight out of a movie or novel. You want your significant other to feel special on this day, they deserve your own personal design!
Do: Do the Unexpected
We guarantee any fianceé-to-be would swoon over a unique proposal tailored just for them, but how about kicking it up a notch? No one knows your significant other like you do, and now’s the time to prove it! Think about what they love, what makes them tick, and find a way to incorporate your insider info and you may just catch him or her by surprise.
Don’t: Choose a Touristy Spot
Unless a particular landmark has special significance to the two of you as a couple, leave it out. Especially in New York, there are thousands of proposals daily at spots like the Empire State Building, Times Square, etc. – save the crowds and choose a romantic scene that you’ve hand-picked.
Do: Have fun!
We know that proposing to your lady or man is a big step in your relationship, and we understand the nerves that come along with it! However, remember that this day is for both of you to start a new journey, focus on the beauty in this big moment and all the pressures will melt away!
For more *brilliant* proposal inspiration, check out Brilliant Event Planning's proposal section on the blog!
Getting ready to pop the question? We at Brilliant Event Planning love proposals! Here’s some advice from our expert Proposal Planner, Sarah Glick, on how to create the perfect proposal backdrop they can’t say no to.
Make it Personal
When planning a proposal for our clients, we engage in an extensive interview process to uncover the essence and heart of the couple’s love story. When planning your own proposal, you’ll want to consider all the key factors of your relationship: everything from the details of your first date to favorite hobbies and music. Think about what binds you two together as a couple, and what makes your love story unique! Creating an aesthetically beautiful backdrop is of course worthwhile, but making the proposal personal is what creates the lasting memory we promise your bride or groom-to-be will never forget. For some inspiration, see how our fairytale obsessed couple created their ever after:
One factor about creating a proposal backdrop you may not have considered is to make sure your backdrop stands tall in height, especially if you plan to have a photographer present. Logistically, you want your backdrop to stand taller than you and your significant other’s own height, so that the backdrop can be seen in photos - no matter which angle the photographer stands from. Plus, an oversized backdrop really transforms the space and surrounds you in the personalized scene you created. Our client Ian made sure to make his love scroll stand out against the backdrop of New York City, so that his now-fiance Lauren could be enveloped in flowers and Ian’s own personal love letter to her.
It’s All in the Details
I’m sure you’ve guessed by now that we at Brilliant Event Planning have a soft spot for details. First and foremost, details are important because they create the atmosphere of personalization we mentioned before. Paying attention to the smallest of pieces from your love story’s puzzle creates a better and more personal picture. Details are also important for giving your significant other multiple elements to examine after you pop the question and prolong the moment. Philip prepared a Shakespearean journey to propose to Jenni: the two walked through Central Park in the rain where Jenni found a wooden chest. Inside Philip had included flower seed packets with love notes written on them. Philip even engraved the chest with his own personalized message for their future as husband and wife! The smile on Jenni’s face says it all.
Whether it be glasses of champagne served shortly after you get down on one knee or love letters written on paper airplanes for a pilot’s proposal, our suggestions are sure to set your proposal apart and make this moment truly *brilliant*!
A big thank you to Mikkel Paige Photography for the amazing proposal photos for Dana and Jason, and Jessica and Ian, and to Blue Daisy for providing the perfect paparazzi photos for Jenni and Philip. Beautiful flowers for Lauren and Ian's proposal were provided by The Arrangement.