How to Propose – Proposal Ideas

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How to Propose

Proposing marriage can be one of the most stressful times in a person’s life.  You have to figure out how to propose, what kind of engagement ring to buy, how much money you should spend, etc.

But you do not have to do all of this alone. While Michael and his team have you covered on the engagement ring side, The Heart Bandits are Proposal Experts and we will help you get through the proposal part.  Below are the things you need to consider when you are trying to figure out how to propose.

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When to Propose

The first thing you will need to determine is the time-frame of when you will propose. You want to give yourself time to save the money for the ring and the proposal and also to come up with an amazing engagement idea.

Additional things you may consider is if you want to propose in the summer or winter, on a holiday or regular day, and if you want to propose on a day that has meaning to your relationship such as the date you met on.

Family Blessing

While this topic is controversial, you should at least consider asking for your partner’s family blessing before you propose. Asking for the blessing isn’t about asking permission; it is more a sign of respect.

If the parents said no, the choice to propose is still yours, but at least you can say that you respected your partner enough to ask. If your partner is not close to their parents, then you can probably skip this step.

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Engagement Idea

Next you will need to come up with the way that you will propose.  If you’re having trouble coming up with the perfect idea, then you might want to consider hiring a Marriage Proposal Planner.

A Proposal Planner will work with you to come up with a proposal idea that is customized to your relationship. They will interview you to find out details about your relationship and your partner and they will tie all of those elements together to create a wedding proposal idea that tells your love story.


Consider Everything

Things you will need to consider is what kind of person you are proposing to and would they like a public or private proposal, an intimate or grand proposal, a romantic or fun proposal, etc.

A Proposal Planner will ask you the right questions to find out what kind of proposal your partner would like the most. Otherwise, have a look at our Proposal Ideas section for some inspiration!

Create a Marriage Proposal Plan

Now that you have the “how to propose” you will need to execute that plan. You will need to find the perfect proposal location, book any necessary venues or vendors, make reservations, create a Plan B for weather, etc.

If you’ve hired a Proposal Planner, they will take care of all of the details for you.  Another benefit of using a proposal planner is that we typically can get you better deals with vendors due to the great volume of business we bring them.

Of course, you have to do all of this planning when you’re not around your partner to maintain the surprise.  If you’re someone who spends a large percentage of your time with your partner, then this is yet another reason to hire a proposal planner – they will simply take that burden off your shoulders.  All you have to do is show up and propose.

Enjoy Your Day

While proposing marriage is stressful, try to stay focused on the fact that you are one of the lucky ones that has found the love of your life.  If you follow the steps above and you have a proposal plan in place, and then trust the plan you made and just enjoy your day.

If little things go wrong, it will just add to the specialness of your day. Take it easy and focus on the big picture and be happy!

The Heart Bandits are Proposal Planners who help people all over the world propose marriage. They are Proposal Experts and have been featured in the New York Times, Fox News, Houston Chronicle, Orange County Register, Brides Magazine and many more.

Contact The Heart Bandits to have them plan your marriage proposal and ensure that your big moment stands out from the rest. For more information about The Heart Bandits, visit

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