Everything That You Need For A Successful Surprise Proposal

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If you are looking to ask your partner to marry you and you are looking for inspiration, the Huffington Post website has some excellent information on how to plan the big event. A good way to approach the situation is to make yourself a checklist of all the different aspects that you will need to arrange and address each one individually. What will be included in your list will all depend on the type of proposal that you have in mind.

Who Needs To Know?

In a lot of cases, you are going to require help from friends or family to pull the proposal off without a hitch. From finding out your partner’s ring size to arranging friends and relatives to be in the right place at the right time, it is a good idea to have someone to help coordinate everything for you to make sure that the scene is perfect. If you are planning on making a public proposal in front of friends and family, you will also need to draw up an invitation list and ensure that all of the most important people are in attendance.

A Perfect Ring

What would a wedding proposal be without a ring? Many women have an idea of their perfect engagement ring, and this is where friends and family can help you to choose the perfect ring for your partner. Simon West Fine Jewellery offers the best diamond engagement rings Melbourne wide, and you are sure to find the perfect ring when you visit their showroom. Before you shop for your ring, you will want to set yourself a budget, and if need be, you can also get credit from most reputable jewellers.

The Perfect Setting

Some people prefer the idea of an intimate setting where it is just the two of you somewhere romantic, while others like the idea of a large gathering of people to help you celebrate. Whatever type of proposal you are planning, you will want to choose the location accordingly. Whether it is in the grounds of a hotel, around someone’s house, or on the beach, there is a lot of planning that you will need to do.


You will need to make sure that everything is arranged for the perfect meal and drinks for your partner, as well as your guests if you have any. Many establishments are happy to help organise your proposal and if you ask they may even have experience at planning events such as yours. Even little touches such as arranging for a bottle of champagne can set off a moment and make it eternally memorable.

Have a Backup Plan

Sometimes problems occur no matter how much planning we do. As such, it is important that you have a backup plan in case of incidents. If your event is outdoors, then you will need to make sure that there is enough room inside for your party if the weather turns bad.

It is not possible to plan for every eventuality, but you can cover most things with a bit of lateral thinking. However you ask your partner to marry you, make it personal from you and use words straight from your heart – that is one way to make sure that they will say yes!

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  1. Karen Yannacio Morse
    February 22, 2017 / 7:24 AM

    I just saw a great story on CBS Sunday Morning about a woman, in NYC, who is a surprise wedding proposal planner. She is a photographer, but then turned that into a new twist and has these amazing proposals she sets up/plans! Its incredible!

  2. February 22, 2017 / 7:25 AM

    Such great suggestions, these! Ah, to go back in time and have a surprise proposal, that’d be amazing 🙂

  3. Ashley Stephenson
    February 22, 2017 / 8:03 AM

    These are great suggestions! My hubby proposed while we were in Florida celebrating an anniversary and he somehow only told my dad, one of my best friends and his best friend. How my best friend kept it a secret I have no idea – well I do – she didn’t speak to me for 2 weeks!!

    • February 23, 2017 / 3:56 PM

      Awww! My husband also told my best friend and we didn’t stop speaking or seeing each other. She was really good keeping a secret! Your story is beautiful!

  4. February 22, 2017 / 8:15 AM

    I love these ideas! Surprise proposals are so fun and I love how creative people get!

  5. February 22, 2017 / 9:32 AM

    I think having a backup plan is so key! Half the time when I hear stories somehow the plan always changes a bit lol

  6. Sophie Whiffen
    February 22, 2017 / 10:03 AM

    Great ideas! I love hearing about surprise proposals!

  7. Bonnie Marrow
    February 22, 2017 / 10:10 AM

    This is so sweet! What great ideas

  8. Ruthie Ridley
    February 22, 2017 / 10:11 AM

    great ideas! great post idea too!

  9. Jessica Bradshaw
    February 22, 2017 / 11:05 AM

    Love it! My husband is a wedding photographer and we get to photograph several proposals. Hiring a photographer is such a sweet touch. Also, I love your backup plan. You never know what could go wrong, so a backup plan is always a plus.

    • February 23, 2017 / 3:58 PM

      That is so true! I asked my husband but he said he didn’t get nervous at all. I don’t know if I’m going to believe him. Lol!

  10. Kathleen Brown
    February 22, 2017 / 12:22 PM

    I loved reading this post. How romantic.

  11. Alina Orozco
    February 22, 2017 / 1:09 PM

    I love all of these ideas!!

  12. Kari Chalene
    February 22, 2017 / 1:50 PM

    Love these tips Belle! They sound like the perfect recipe to keep things special <3

  13. Tania CuirFlor
    February 22, 2017 / 2:15 PM

    I never thought about the back up plan thing. Makes sense!!! My husband proposed over dinner. He wasn’t planning on it because he didn’t have a ring to give me. Sometimes I feel like I wanted him to make more effort but at the same time I love that in the moment he just felt like proposing. We have been married for 3 years and we are very happy!

  14. Stanna Carey
    February 22, 2017 / 2:51 PM

    Great post! I am not planning on proposing any time soon as I am already married lol but I love how you really were thorough about including all of the steps. Sounds like if someone were to follow this advise, they really couldn’t go wrong! I will definitely recommend this post to any one that I know may be proposing in the future. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Elizabeth Voyles
    February 22, 2017 / 2:51 PM

    Good checklist! I’ll keep the link in case I know anyone ready to propose ?

  16. Stephenie White Gamache
    February 22, 2017 / 2:58 PM

    Wonderfully thought out list to be prepared. It’s already a never racking event.

  17. Marisa Hernandez
    February 22, 2017 / 3:47 PM

    How Fun, I bet it is so great to have it planned out with all the details. I became engaged last year and it was completely spontaneous! Also super fun and a great story! thanks for sharing!

  18. Michelle/cocowouldapprove.com
    February 22, 2017 / 3:57 PM

    What a fun post, I will share it with someone I who I know want to get engaged soon

  19. February 22, 2017 / 4:57 PM

    Awh this is so lovely – maybe I should just casually send it to my boyfriend so he can have a read, hint hint haha! x

  20. Theresa
    February 22, 2017 / 5:56 PM

    This is such a sweet, inspiring post. Making the proposal a surprise is a great tip.

  21. February 22, 2017 / 6:51 PM

    this is so sweet. My husband was so nervous when he proposed, it was cute though.

  22. Angela
    February 22, 2017 / 6:57 PM

    I love this. So sweet. I kind of knew my proposal was coming so it wasn’t a huge surprise!

  23. February 22, 2017 / 7:00 PM

    So many great ideas for a wonderful proposal. My husband managed to surprise me on a trip to New Orleans many years ago.

  24. February 22, 2017 / 8:16 PM

    This was a helpful post for those who are looking to pull off the surprise of your life! Did you include, make sure she will say yes? 🙂

  25. February 22, 2017 / 8:28 PM

    Great ideas here! Love it. 🙂

  26. Adrienne Carter
    February 22, 2017 / 8:45 PM

    I love this! My husband proposed underneath the fireworks at the most beautiful resort at Disney! It was a total surprise!

  27. Cynthia @craftoflaughter
    February 22, 2017 / 9:09 PM

    I love how creative people have become at proposals. Your awesome tips are spot on.

  28. Victoria
    February 22, 2017 / 9:14 PM

    so adorable! These are some great tips. My husband gave me the most beautiful proposal. I will treasure it forever.
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  29. February 22, 2017 / 9:20 PM

    A friend of mine actually had a surprise proposal done to her on New Years Day. It was a huge scavenger hunt, that led to him at the end of a pier. So romantic!

  30. February 22, 2017 / 10:12 PM

    these are great tips-my husband proposed at midnight, new years 2015

  31. Susan Croox
    February 22, 2017 / 11:20 PM

    Mine was so special! I knew it was coming, just not that exact day! Great tips!

  32. Tabitha Shakespeare
    February 22, 2017 / 11:48 PM

    My hubs was just the sweetest. He had a planned a whole event and I was not cooperating the entire night! Thankfully It all turned out ok in the end lol

  33. Melissa
    February 23, 2017 / 7:20 AM

    Great tips! I am sure this will help a lot of people plan the best way to pop the question 🙂

  34. Becca Wilson
    February 23, 2017 / 8:19 AM

    These are all such great tips. I especially like the one about having a backup plan in case things don’t go as planned.

    • February 23, 2017 / 4:05 PM

      That is so true! Because we’ll never know what life is going to throw at us.

  35. Kate Payne
    February 23, 2017 / 9:15 AM

    What a great post! I wish my husband had this 7 years ago…he proposed in a parking lot LOL 🙂

  36. Hannah Palamara
    February 23, 2017 / 9:21 AM

    Such good tips! I need to save this for my future brother-in-law

  37. February 23, 2017 / 1:48 PM

    I think surprise proposals are the best. I love reading stories of them or watching the videos. SO sweet:)

  38. Elizabeth Brico
    February 23, 2017 / 2:04 PM

    Aw, this is so sweet

  39. February 23, 2017 / 3:22 PM

    I just love proposals and have been present during a few friends’ own. It’s always magical and with so much attention to detail or spontaneous too.

  40. Reesa Lewandowski
    February 23, 2017 / 5:39 PM

    Awh what an exciting time in a couple’s life! These are such great tips!! I love the suprise aspect of it!

  41. February 23, 2017 / 5:53 PM

    Honestly I can barely remember our engagement. It was over 25 years ago now. I do know that we just did it all on our own, got the ring, and quiet dinner just the two of us. But we did the same for our wedding too, eloped and got married abroad!

  42. February 23, 2017 / 7:04 PM

    It has been a while since my husband proposed to me, but I do remember it being a complete surprise and not really understanding what was happening. Definitely an amazing memory!

  43. February 23, 2017 / 8:38 PM

    Great list of tips and hope its helpful to many men! I cant wait for the day I get a proposal and I want it to be a BIG production lol!

  44. Rachel Catherine
    February 23, 2017 / 9:40 PM

    I’m pretty far past this in life but all these sound like good tips, especially the backup plan. I used to shoot weddings and not having a back-up plan for anything outside was always bad.

  45. Casey Fossett Powers
    February 24, 2017 / 1:17 PM

    How sweet! Great advice on how to make such a big day very special!

  46. February 24, 2017 / 5:59 PM

    These are such great tips! My husband proposed to me on a cruise with both our parents 13 years ago!

  47. Brittany Muddamalle
    February 24, 2017 / 8:15 PM

    These are such great tips! My hubby proposed to me on Easter and it was beautiful and so special to me.

  48. Katie Wallace
    February 24, 2017 / 8:22 PM

    Aw this is so sweet. you covered the whole checklist! A proposal is just the start of an exciting new stage.

  49. Rachel Loza
    February 24, 2017 / 9:30 PM

    This is such a good list! I knew my husband was going to propose because we had already planned our elopement 😛 😛 Haha

  50. Meredith
    February 24, 2017 / 9:49 PM

    Awww what a great list, I love it!!! Great tips for anyone getting ready to pop that question!

  51. TheNewClassy
    February 24, 2017 / 9:57 PM

    My husband proposed to me at my work. I think he had something bigger planned, but he told me he had something that he needed to do, so I bugged him and bugged him until he asked me right at work.

  52. Amber Nelson
    February 25, 2017 / 7:47 PM

    What a sweet post. My husband proposed to me at home. It was as romantic as he could get. HA!

  53. happy organized home
    February 27, 2017 / 9:23 AM

    I am a very simple person in some ways. I don’t really like big public displays of affection although I think they are crazy cute for other people. My husband proposed at our favorite pizza place where we had our first date with a ring he knew I’d want (pink sapphire instead of diamond) if was perfect. Not too big and elaborate but just enough

    • March 5, 2017 / 2:13 PM

      Awww! Such a beautiful story! And I want to see your ring; it sounds it is gorgeous and one-of-a-kind! 🙂

  54. Cecilia C. Cannon
    February 27, 2017 / 10:55 AM

    awe, I remember my surprise proposal it was so memorable I think because you are right, my now hubby followed your tips!

  55. February 28, 2017 / 1:08 AM

    It’s so important to be as prepared as possible when proposing, because it’s pretty much the most important question you’ll ever ask ? I was totally surprised – my husband definitely pulled one over on me!

  56. brittney puller
    March 27, 2017 / 8:04 AM

    Aww! I know just who to share this with! THANK YOU 🙂

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