It’s finally time to propose! You’ve got a ring or a necklace or something else special to give to your partner, and you are so ready to tell them you want to be with them for life. Now, it’s time to pick the perfect spot to do it.

There’s a lot to consider when selecting a proposal spot–especially what your partner would want. Here are a few tips to make the moment as magical as possible.

Think about privacy

Is your partner the kind of person who wouldn’t want anyone else around when you pop the question? If so, a baseball game proposal is probably the wrong choice. Consider a more intimate setting, like your living room. At-home proposals can be really special, especially if you transform the room into a romantic venue with candles, rose petals, and champagne.

If, however, you think your partner might love the attention and applause, it’s wise to consider a more public place. Parks, beaches, hiking trails, sporting events, and restaurants are all great places to put on a show.

Make it easy for family and friends to help celebrate

If you’re planning to have family and friends either present at the proposal or waiting somewhere afterward for a celebration, make sure the spot you choose isn’t too difficult for people to get to. Additionally, make sure to give strict instructions about when people should arrive so they don’t give away the surprise.

Surprise Pacific Northwest proposal at a mountain lake | Eleven Eleven Films | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine
Eleven Eleven Films

Consider places that are special to you as a couple

Make a list of spots that mean something to you and your partner. Where did you have your first date? Your first kiss? Is there a spot where something really funny happened that you always talk about? What about the place where you first realized your partner was the one? A sentimental spot is bound to make your partner tear up as they slip that ring on their finger.

Don’t forget about the weather

If your first date was a picnic in the park, but you’re proposing in the middle of winter, you may want to reconsider. Either that, or make sure to be prepared with warm coats and hot cocoa.

Stunning helicopter ride proposal in Maui | TLC Portrait Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine
TLC Portrait Photography

Consider whisking them away

If you can make it work, think about planning a getaway for you and your partner. There is nothing more romantic than proposing on a special vacation where the two of you can spend plenty of time celebrating together. Vacations are a great time for a couple to connect, so you’ll both likely be feeling that extra jolt of love when it’s time to  get down on one knee.

It doesn’t have to be Paris or Venice to be special. A weekend getaway a few hours from home is often more than enough to feel relaxed, refreshed, and ready to get engaged.

Heartwarming surprise double proposal with ukulele serenade | Stardust Photography | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine
Stardust Photography

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