Planning on proposing on Valentine’s Day? Congratulations! It’s one of the most romantic days of the year and you’ll be ensuring an extra occasion to celebrate every February 14th. Approximately 10 percent of annual engagements take place on Valentines Day. What does this mean for you? The pressure is on to impress and stand out from the crowd. They will be re-telling the story of your engagement for the rest of their life, so be sure to give them something to brag about.
To help you in your quest to land the ultimate Valentine, here are five tips that may come in handy when proposing on Valentine’s Day.
1. Ask Dad
These days, it’s not his permission you’re asking for, but his blessing. It might be an old-fashioned tradition, but it lets your future father-in-law know that you’re well intentioned and sincere — plus, it can be a great bonding experience for you two. Share with him your feelings for his daughter, your understanding of the commitment, and the excitement you have to make his daughter happy for the rest of her life.
2. Asking Her
Finding the right words to say to Dad probably called for a few conversations in the mirror, but don’t walk away too quickly — you’ve got one more to practice. Along with the magical four-word question, prepare a short, extremely personal speech and rehearse it. Don’t use clichéd, ever-cheesy phrases like “I want to wake up next to you for the rest of my life,” or “you’ll make me the happiest man alive.” This is your soul mate — tell her what made you fall in love with her, what your favorite memory is, what you picture your life together as. And finally, look directly into her eyes and be confident. She’s going to say “yes,” I promise.
3. The Plan
Planning the perfect proposal is unique to each couple’s personality and only you know your partner the best. If they want to climb to Mount Everest for the ring, arrange the Sherpa. If a home-cooked meal sounds more like heaven, bring out the baking tray. The one thing you must absolutely do is: make it a surprise. Even if you two picked the ring out together, make sure she has no idea the actual proposal moment is coming.
4. Catch it on camera
I don’t care how you do it, but catch it on camera. On film, on your iPhone, on a security camera. Your soon-to-be fiancé’s reaction will be priceless.
5. Friends and Family
This, again, is a very personal decision. If your soon-to-be fiancé is close with their friends and family, strongly consider incorporating them into the proposal. I suggest you ask the actual question privately and intimately, and then surprise them with a small celebration of friends and family after. Think the tears came down hard when you hit one knee? You’ll see a flood when they turn around to Mom and Dad.
One last word: this is just as much your special moment as it is theirs. If you feel your heart beat out of your chest, let it. If some droplets fall out of your eyes as well, embrace them. And lastly, congratulations on taking one of the most beautiful steps you’ll ever take.