Congratulations, you’re going to propose. To make it a moment your beloved will adore and tweet, text and talk about for the rest of your lives, you’ll need to get the details right. Follow these expert suggestions on everything you need to know to plan the perfect adventure proposal.
1. Make Sure Your Beloved Likes Adventure
You may think that lacing up a pair of boots and climbing some impressive summit sounds great. But make sure the trek will also appeal to your intended. Let’s say you’re planning a nice little hike. Take a tip from the guys at The Plunge, a hip website for fellas who like to keep wedding planning chill and not too girly. “The Hike” proposal, they suggest, is for “the woman who’d rather kill an hour at REI than Tiffany’s.” That may be an overstatement, but remember to keep any adventure proposal romantic, too. And know ahead of time that the answer to your big questions will be “yes.” You don’t want to have to jump off the cliff if it’s a “no.”
2. Research Your Choices
Do you want to pop the question before skydiving out of an airplane? Or get down on one knee under a waterfall? Whether brainstorming or borrowing an idea, you’re not in this alone, thanks to a slew of websites devoted to wedding and proposal planning. How He Asked, a site with information on proposal ideas and wedding rings, will send you a personalized list of proposal suggestions once you complete their online questionnaire. Or, you can peruse their proposal finder full of real-life examples, like a chilly proposal on Antarctica and a sweaty one at a 5K color run.
3. Bring a Few Good Friends
Disguising your outing as a get-together with friends serves several purposes. First, if your partner has an inkling you might propose, an activity with friends may make her/him less suspect. Plus a friend can be your photographer. Find an excuse to split off from the group for the big moment, knowing your friends will be place to take a picture from afar. Finally, you’ll have an instant engagement party afterward, when you pop open the bottle of bubbly you’ve stashed in your backpack.
4. Keep Calm
If you’re planning a true adventure, say, hiking to the top of a volcano or skydiving, make sure that your mate doesn’t become so excited that things become dangerous. Online wedding bible The Knot recounts the story of a woman who got so excited when her boyfriend proposed under water while scuba diving that she thought she might drown.
5. Take a Knee and Bring the Bling
Whatever outdoor adventure you decide on, it’s a matter of taste. The Art of Manliness’ guide to the perfect marriage proposal explains that no matter your proposal route, kneeling in front of your beloved with a ring and a rose, whatever the setting, is timeless. Whether it’s “The Elemental Proposal”, making use of the weather to your advantage, or “The Natural Proposal”, using awe-inspiring views as natural drama, it won’t mean a thing if you ain’t got that bling. Stick it in a backpack, secure it in a jewelry box, take whatever precautions you need, and present that hardware to show that this is for keeps.