"I Do's" and "I Don'ts" : Tips for Marriage Proposal

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DO make your proposal a reflection of your unique love story, so that it can't be replicated by any other couple.
  • DO make your proposal a reflection of your unique love story, so that it can't be replicated by any other couple.
  • To get a sense of your unique love story, think about your history together as a couple. Start by writing down a list of things that are meaningful to you, such as inside jokes or nicknames. Recall meaningful memories of things you have done together, such as first trip, first concert together, or the first place you said "I love you."
  • DO document your proposal. This is easier to do now than ever before – you can choose to hire a professional photographer, or just have a friend waiting with an iPhone in the corner paparazzi-style.
  • DO have a ring. Often, women want to be involved in choosing their engagement ring. If this is the case, be prepared with a placeholder ring, such as a candy ring or a costume jewelry ring.
  • DON'T be a cliché. Avoid any ideas that pop up on the first few pages of a Google search – placing the ring in a glass of champagne or writing "Will you marry me" in chocolate on a dessert plate are hardly original or personal proposal ideas and definitely do not reflect your unique love story.
  • DON'T tell everyone. "Loose lips sink ships" is one cliché that does apply to marriage proposals. Make sure that everyone is on a need-to-know basis, including friends, family, and even parents – wait until the last possible second to inform everyone.
  • DON'T forget to think about the aftermath. Don't propose right before heading off to work in the morning – make sure to factor in time post-proposal to share your joy and to reflect on the moment together.
Sarah Pease
Marriage proposal and engagement expert Sarah Pease is the pioneer of marriage proposal planning. Sarah has made her mark by designing and producing hundreds of dream marriage proposals in New York City and around the world. Sarah began her career in the banking industry, but quickly realized that spreadsheets and interest rates weren't her passion. As the daughter of a small business owner and armed with her MBA studies, she quit her job and started her own company, Brilliant Event Planning, focusing on planning high-end weddings in New York City. When she learned that an acquaintance had popped the question by putting a gorgeous diamond ring at the bottom of a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken, the idea of proposal planning was born. With a client list including some of the world's most elite men and women, she has created countless memorable engagement stories. Her happy customers include celebrities, professional athletes, Wall Street bankers, and industry leaders. Her expert advice on marriage proposals and engagement ideas has been featured on ABC Nightline, E! Entertainment News, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Glamour, Chicago Tribune and various other media outlets. Born and raised in the Midwest, Sarah currently lives in New York City with her fiance.

Based in New York City, Brilliant Event Planning is an event planning studio specializing in marriage proposal and wedding experiences that delight all five senses. As masters of both the creative right brain and the organized left brain, Brilliant Event Planning has planned weddings for everyone from the-girl-next-door to celebrities and professional athletes. Known for its fresh and innovative approach to wedding planning and marriage proposals, Brilliant Even Planning maintains a boutique sensibility and a firm belief that with a smaller clientele, the studio can provide an unparalleled level of service. Brilliant Event Planning encourages personalized concepts and strives to infuse weddings with style and imagination.
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