How to Plan the Perfect Proposal

A proposal is one of the most unforgettable moments of a person’s life. By proposing, you are telling your special someone that you want to spend the rest of your life with them and make one of the biggest commitments to their future happiness.

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Considering what a big moment it is in both of your lives, you want to make it as great as possible. But that doesn’t mean you have to feel pressured to get it absolutely right; there is no one-size-fits-all proposal. The most important thing is that it reflects you both as a couple. And this is how to do it.

Get the timing right

When you’re proposing, you want to get the timing just right. This doesn’t just refer to the time of day in which you propose; it also means that you should propose at an ideal moment in the lifespan of your relationship. Research by engagement ring specialists F.Hinds found that 47% of people would reconsider if their partner proposed too early, meaning you want to hit the sweet spot where it’s not too early and you scare your partner away, but you also don’t want to leave it too late and suggest that you’re not committed. Why not combine your proposal with another significant moment in your lives? Such a moment could include buying a house, welcoming a baby, or even conquering something you never thought you would. This way, you’ll know that you’re both fully committed to one another.

The ring

Arguably, this might be the most important part of the whole engagement. According to the F.Hinds survey, an engagement ring is crucial when popping the question as 17% confessed that they would be put off if their partner proposed without one. And you can’t choose any old ring either; it has to be special whilst also remaining within your budget.

If you know that you’re going to get married someday, you could even go shopping for engagement rings together before you actually pop the question. This way, you’ll know that your partner will love the ring. And, considering how much money you might spend on it, it’s definitely preferable!

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Speaking of how much you might spend on a ring, here’s what the British population had to say about the acceptable amount. Some Brits think that the perfect proposal should cost upwards of £2,000 whilst Londoners in particular prefer to splash out more with engagement costs running over £3,000.

And if that wasn’t enough cash to splurge, millennials prove that they have the most expensive taste. According to this generation, the perfect proposal can run over £4,000! Of course, how much you spend is up to you and there are absolutely no rules here. It’s also wise to remember that you’ll need to save some money for the wedding itself.


Where you pop the question will be a place associated with your relationship for the rest of your life, so it’s important to make sure it’s somewhere you both love! This doesn’t mean it has to be somewhere extravagant though as 18% of people would be happy to be proposed to in their own home.

However, if you’d rather join the 32% of Brits that would opt for a picturesque getaway when popping the question it’s important to consider your partner’s opinions on public proposals as a whopping 74% stated they’d be put off if their partner proposed out in the open! If you still want a beautiful backdrop without the stares consider scouting your location before the proposal so you can identify any hidden beauty spots.