Avoid these 10 common mistakes when proposing
These moves are the difference between romance and rejection
You’ve been seeing your significant other for quite some time now, and you’re certain it’s meant to be. Now, it’s time to pop the question.
Proposing can certainly be a pressure-inducing experience. Surely, you want your proposal to be special and unforgettable. You’ll want to avoid making these common mistakes -- they may be the difference between a never-ending marriage or a painful rejection.
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Top Proposal Mistakes to Avoid
Going short on romance
The #1 rule of proposing is that it must be romantic. A proposal is where you pull out all the stops: a ring, flowers, and a stunning backdrop. Without romance, your significant other will be underwhelmed.
Consider incorporating roses into your proposal. They’re bold, and they symbolize love and luxury, making them a surefire way to lock down a success.
Ruining the surprise
You want your proposal to wipe your lover off of their feet, so your proposal should be somewhat unexpected. Avoid dropping hints, leaving too many clues behind, or telling too many people. After all, it only takes one person to ruin the surprise.
Proposing in front of a crowd
It may seem like a good idea to propose in front of a crowd, but doing so may not have the positive results you’d hope for. You may end up embarrassing your partner, or it may look like you’re trying to show off. Before choosing this route, consider your partner’s personality and preferences, as they might be drawn to something more intimate or private.
If you take your relationship seriously, “winging it” is almost never the way to go. Spend significant time planning what you’ll do and say. Otherwise, you’ll end up fumbling words and creating an awkward experience for both of you. Not only does this ruin a special moment, but it makes you look uncommitted and uncertain of your proposal.
Proposing While Intoxicated
There are countless viral videos of proposals gone wrong, and many of these come from intoxicated hopefuls. Sure, liquor calms the nerves, but you’d be better off saving the wine or champagne for celebrating after the proposal.
You want every detail of your proposal to be perfect. You may think that overanalyzing each detail will lead to a spotless success, but this approach can backfire. Overthinking leads to panicking, and this will translate into a lack of confidence. Don’t fret about the small details -- relax, and your partner will be impressed by your poised demeanor.
Going Too Over the Top
It might be hard to contain your love-fueled excitement, but going too far is a common mistake. You might think that creating an epic proposal is the way to go, but doing too much will come across as tacky and insincere. Instead, focus on a few meaningful elements, and make them stand out on their own.
Here’s how you can creatively incorporate roses into your proposal
Flowers are a must for a successful proposal. Roses are a classic symbol of love, but you can use them creatively. For example, you could hide the ring in a blooming rose petal, or have a rose teddy literally “bear” the ring.
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Of course, you don’t have to take the elaborate route. A dome-shaped rose arrangement tucked in a suede box is simple, yet it stands out as a bold display of love.
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A solid proposal marks the beginning of the rest of your life. No matter how you choose to propose, you’ll be doing something your partner will never forget. Avoid these mistakes, and your love story will have a happy ending.
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