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Creating The Perfect Proposal: Tips From The Experts

Hint: Forward this to your BFF or Boyfriend!
Laura Cross

It's that time of year! And no, we're not just talking about the holidays ... it's engagement season!! Deciding when and how to plan a proposal is never easy, and regardless of whether you're thinking of going big, small or somewhere in between, creating a memory that lasts a lifetime is the most important feat of them all. You, of course, want every single thing to be perfect and we want to help you do that. There's no wrong way to propose but we've gathered a few tips from a few of our industry experts who've seen - and experienced - it all.

Creating the perfect proposal is going to depend entirely on who you're proposing to, and what their version of perfect is. Introverted SO? Opt for a quiet, serene spot away from other people so as not to draw too much attention to the affair. Feeling like SO would appreciate something a little extra? From sunset hot air balloon tours to private dining rooms with custom tasting menus -- the sky's the limit! Whatever way you're leaning, hiring a professional photographer to capture the day, and a wedding planner to ensure all of the special details you want included actually happen will be the glue that holds the day together. ~ Ashley Lachney, Alston Mayger Events

Consider a ring or diamond that has been passed down from your relative or hers. You can also repurpose gold you already own. There is major sentimental value from passing down heirloom jewelry, and it can help reduce your impact on the environment. ~ Luly Yang Couture

Keep it simple. If you want to make it a surprise, plan ahead and play the long game. For example, if you want to pop the question on a hike, go on hikes now and then. If you want to do it at a ball game, go watch a few. Make it a "routine" so they won't suspect a thing the next time you go on a hike or a ball game when you plan to pop the question. Better yet, pop the question during an activity you both already do together on a regular basis. Whatever you do, don't plan something that's completely out of character! ~ Jenn Tai, Jenn Tai & Co

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