If you’re planning to pop the question, there are a multitude of ways you could choose. Just remember, however, that what you opt for is likely to form the basis for stories that will be told for years, so it’s worth making an effort to get it right. The problem is that what’s right for one person may be a nightmare for another, which leads on to proposal tip number one.

Setting the Scene and Asking the Big Question

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The Personality Match

If your loved one would rather eat their own toenails than be the centre of attention, planning to propose on the big screen at a soccer match probably isn’t the way to go. In the same vein, someone who enjoys a good ‘show’ won’t be impressed with an off-cuff ‘will you marry me?’ and a bunch of service station flowers. Know your audience!

Keep It Sensible

Whilst original ideas can be the basis for fantastic proposals, don’t go too far in the quest to be unique and memorable. You don’t want to end up like the groom who had to be airlifted off a cliff, as told on the CNN website at http://edition.cnn.com/2016/04/08/us/man-rescued-from-morro-rock-irpt/index.html.

Make It Personal

There’s a plethora of wedding and pre-wedding advice out there on blogs such as Style and the Bride, but it’s still important to put your own twist on a proposal. If, for example, you know that your intended has had their head filled with vintage wedding ideas since childhood, think about popping the question with a stunning vintage ring. Or how about centring your proposal around their favourite activity or their favourite food?

Time It Right

According to common sense, and a Daily Mail article which you can read at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2277910/Perfect-proposal-according-WOMEN-The-ideal-man-ask-Valentines-day-thats-tomorrow.html, Valentine’s Day is the ideal day to propose, but it is far from the only choice. What is essential is that you think about what you’re doing and when and ensure you don’t let bad timing spoil the occasion.

Make sure you steer clear of sad anniversaries, for example, and don’t plan to ask the big question when you know your other one is likely to be tired, emotional or grumpy.

Don’t ever think it’s a good idea after too much alcohol, either. It’s hardly going to turn out to be a memorable occasion if one or both of you can barely remember your name.