One of the most popular requests we get is how to create a proposal that has a big wow factor but isn’t cliche or cheesy. A surefire way to accomplish this goal is to really think about your sweetheart and your relationship and include special touches that you know she will love! Here are some thoughts on how to make your proposal more personal.
Walk through memory lane with some of your favorite photos throughout your relationship or send us a sweet collage in a picture frame or memento box for her to “find” right before you pop the question.
Victor decided to paint scenes of meaningful milestones in their relationship to display along the path to the gazebo where he proposed to Mariah.
If you have a special song together, hearing it sets the tone for the romance.
For Jack’s proposal to Christine, we planned for an ukulele player to learn their special song and “just so happen to be playing it” as he passed by them on the beach. After the proposal, the musician treated them to a mini private concert.
Incorporate keepsakes or inside jokes
When Blake met Kristina, she was working at a bakery. He came in to buy chocolate covered strawberries. She was holding hot dog buns and he said, “Hey, nice buns. How much are your chocolate covered strawberries?” To pay tribute to the way they met and also their shared love of pirates, Blake sent us a treasure chest to bury on the beach, which was filled with – you guessed it, hot dog buns and chocolate covered strawberries.
This was a super cute idea that fit into Kristina and Blake’s story. We have had some guys inquire about doing a treasure chest or other ideas they have seen online without any connection to their relationship. The key is to think of something that makes perfect sense for your love story!
Meaningful ring holder
We normally tell you not to keep the engagement ring in the box and put it in your pocket because the bulky outline is pretty recognizable and will give away even the stealthiest planners. However, in some cases, it makes sense for the ring holder not to be a box at all but something else entirely.
Chris and Jamie met at a bar. Jamie had just come from a wedding and was a little tipsy but, long story short, she showed Chris a cactus she received as a gift from the wedding, told him to take her on a date to get sushi, and put her number in his phone. When Chris texted her the next day, she didn’t remember him but ultimately decided to give him a chance and was very impressed that he took her to one of the best sushi restaurants in Houston.
For the proposal, Chris created a scrapbook of their favorite pictures and memories such as a menu from their first date. He ended with a small cactus. Since Jamie actually lost the cactus from the night they met, he said he found it and something special had grown in it over time, which is when he presented the ring and asked Jamie to marry him.
For Antonio’s proposal to Harry Potter fan Daniela, he sent us the Golden Snitch which had a copy of the Unbreakable Vow page inside. Our photographer set up the Golden Snitch for the couple to find right before the proposal.
Involve loved ones
If your sweetie is super close to family and friends, she will love knowing that they were involved in the proposal from asking for her parents’ blessing to getting sisters or best friends’ input on the perfect engagement ring.
We’ve planned many proposals that involve double surprises, with the engagement being the first surprise and having loved ones join in on the photo shoot later or be there at dinner as the second surprise. The look of shock and awe when she sees her nearest and dearest there is priceless!
When loved ones can’t be there in person, that’s when technology comes in handy. For Mikey’s proposal to Caitlin, he actually called her mom right before the proposal and put his phone back in his pocket so she could hear the whole thing.
We’ve also had several ladies FaceTime their besties to tell them the great news right away, and we’re able to capture that special moment too!
We can’t wait to hear your love story and help you brainstorm a personal Maui proposal true to your relationship! Contact us today to get the planning started!