How to Plan a Surprise Proposal (9 Tips)

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How to Plan a Surprise Proposal (9 Tips)

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9 Tips on How to Pull Off the Perfect Surprise Proposal

It’s the moment you have been waiting for—the moment you propose to the love of your life! But how do you make sure that it is a surprise? And how do you make sure that everything goes off without a hitch?

Planning a surprise proposal takes time and effort, but it is so worth it when you see the look on your partner’s face. Here are nine tips to help you pull off the perfect proposal and create a memory that will last a lifetime! 

1. Choose the Right Time & Place 

The first thing you need to do is choose the right time and place. This is probably the most important part of planning a surprise proposal, next to selecting the perfect ring. 

Make sure to pick a time when you know your partner will be free and relaxed, as no one wants to be proposed to when they’re stressed or in a rush. And as for the place, it should be somewhere that’s special to both of you. This could be the place where you first met, had your first date, or somewhere your partner has always dreamed and talked about visiting.

2. Decide on How to Propose

Once you have the time and place sorted, it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to propose. Will you get down on one knee? Or will you come up with something totally unique? Whatever you do, make sure it is personal to both of you and that it will take your partner by surprise.

3. Hire a Photographer

To make your proposal extra special, why not hire a photographer to capture the moment? This way, you can relive the moment over and over again, and you’ll have beautiful photos to hang on your wall. Just make sure to let the photographer know ahead of time so they can be prepared. 

And when the moment finally happens, use a code signal to notify the photographer you’re ready to get down on one knee. A great way to do this is by hugging your partner and slightly moving them into position. That way, the photographer will know when to start snapping away!

4. Visit the Location Before the Proposal 

If you’re planning on proposing at a certain location, it’s a good idea to visit beforehand. This way, you can scope out the area and ensure it’s the perfect spot. Plus, it will help you to relax on the day of the proposal knowing that you’re already familiar with the surroundings.

5. Have a Backup Plan 

As with anything in life, it’s always good to have a backup plan. If you’re worried that something might go wrong on the day of your proposal, it’s always good to have an alternate plan in mind. That way, you can be sure that your proposal will be successful even if there is a slight hiccup in the plans. 

6. Keep it a Secret

Of course, the whole point of a surprise proposal is that it’s a surprise! So, keep your plans under wraps until the big day. Unless you’re planning to include family members or friends in the surprise, it’s vital to keep your lips sealed and not tell anyone. The last thing you want is for everyone to send “good luck” texts on the big day that your partner may see and ruin your big surprise!

7. Ensure You Both Look & Feel Good

Lastly, ensure that you and your partner look and feel good on the day of the proposal. An essential tip is to involve your partner’s close friend to take them to get their nails and hair done. For some, this may require a little creativity, but it’ll all be worth it once the ring photos start. 

Also, if your partner is a crier, consider bringing a touch-up kit that includes tissues, a hairbrush, and some makeup to freshen up after the proposal. They’ll love how thoughtful you are before the mini engagement style shoot begins. 

And as for you, make sure to pick out an outfit you feel comfortable and confident in. After all, this is a day where you’ll want to look your best too!

8. Celebrate with Friends & Family

Once you’ve successfully popped the question, it’s time to celebrate! If you kept your proposal a secret, now is the time to tell close friends and family about the great news. You can do this by hosting an engagement party or simply sending out announcements. Whatever you do, make sure to include both of your families and close friends in the celebration.

9. Tie the Knot at Crystal Plaza 

Now that you’re engaged, it’s time to plan your wedding! Create a truly magical setting for your big day at Crystal Plaza in Livingston, NJ. From our elegant spaces to world-class cuisine and experienced event planners, we have everything you need to make your wedding perfect. Contact us today!