- Are you both ready? You love each other and are committed to a future together but it's important to make sure she is also ready to take the next step in your relationship. You want to guarantee a yes so make sure it's the right move before going any further.
- Work out a budget and stick to it. Although the proposal should be one of the most special moments in both your lives, it's not worth bankrupting yourself before the wedding so be realistic when setting a budget and be sure to stick to it.
- Is your fiance-to-be a traditional girl who wants you to do it the old-fashioned way? It could be important to her that you ask for her fathers permission before popping the question. Or she may be a modern woman who likes to make her own decisions.
- It's important when planning the perfect proposal to get the setting right. If she's shy and reserved then a flashmob proposal in a busy park isn't up her street. She'll love an intimate private proposal for just the two of you to share. But if she's gregarious and enjoys the spotlight then perhaps an outlandish, public proposal is what she's always imagined. You want to be 100% sure she'll be comfortable and enjoy the moment.
- Getting the ring right is vital. It's not just a question of the design, type of stone and cut. It's also a question of heirloom vs bespoke. If she's always dreamed of an expensive, sparkling ring made especially to fit her finger then you'll need to head to the jewellers and save up some cash. But if it's a family heirloom that matters to her then you'll need to speak to relatives to track down great-granny's ring.
- An all-singing, all dancing over-the-top proposal could sweep her off her feet. Or maybe it's the smaller, simpler event that will impress her. Whatever her preference, make sure the day is geared up to her as well as you and don't get too carried away without taking her into consideration.
- Be sure to pen your proposal speech in advance of the day, and remember: practice makes perfect. You don't want to sound like a bumbling idiot as you ask the love of your life the most important question you'll ever ask, so plan what you're going to say.
- Many people like to involve their friends and family in this special occasion so if that's part of your plan then be sure to start planning early so everyone has plenty of notice. But remember, your fiance-to-be may be slightly disappointed if she doesn't have anyone left to share her exciting proposal news with, so make sure she'll be happy to waive that in order to share the actual moment with everyone.
- Be prepared. Despite meticulous and thoughtful planning you never know what could happen on the day so be prepared for a last-minute curveball. And don't get too caught up in the details. You want the day to be perfect but you also need to enjoy it, so remember to have fun!
- And finally, if you want a unique and unforgettable proposal without the stress enlist the help of The Proposers.
Popping the question: Top tipsPublished on 2nd May '14
Proposing is one of the biggest milestones in anyones life, but that doesn't mean it has to be complicated and stressful. The Proposers are on hand to ensure you both have a fun and happy day, and most importantly, to guarantee a yes! Here are The Proposers top ten tips on popping the question: