A marriage proposal is something that will be remembered for the duration of a couple’s relationship and beyond. A well-planned marriage proposal can be part of a couple’s shared story and can be something that will provide a foundation for their married life.
One great way to make your proposal stand out beyond the usual romantic dinner at a fancy restaurant is to move the proposal outdoors to an adventurous location. This works especially well for couples that share an interest in the outdoors and outdoor activities. Perhaps you met through your shared loved of kayaking: in that case, an outdoor marriage proposal that on a kayaking trip would recall the early days of your relationship might be the perfect choice. If you both have an unquenchable thirst for outdoor adventures, an outdoor marriage proposal at a new and exotic locale would work well.
The following ideas should help anyone planning an outdoor marriage proposal.
The First Steps
The most important step in an outdoor marriage proposal is to make sure that you are truly ready. Your relationship is going great and you are both looking towards the future. Assuming all things are great on that front, after obtaining a ring, you need to start thinking about your outdoor marriage proposal. Obviously, a major consideration is going to be the weather. If it is rainy and cold, it might not be the best time for an outdoor marriage proposal. In the case of it being the wrong season, you might want to plan a trip to another location or think of an outdoor activity where the weather may not matter as much.
Taking Stock of your Relationship: Making a Meaningful Proposal
A successful outdoor marriage proposal also offers you the chance to show how well you know your partner and your relationship. The most meaningful outdoor marriage proposals will fit your lifestyle. If you both like new adventures, go for a proposal at that exotic location. If you like to show your love to the world, consider a proposal involving sky writing. The options are really endless, but the key is to think about your relationship and what you two share in common. A proposal should be about the two of you, so don’t just share an activity that one of you like.
In this vein, an important tip to remember is that your outdoor marriage proposal is first and foremost about your relationship. While some couples might like to declare their love in public-for example on a crowded beach-its important to consider how your relationship works. If you are a more private couple, broadcasting your proposal for the world isn’t the best choice. Instead go for something that puts the focus on your relationship, such as a proposal at a beautiful location with just the two of you.
Choosing a Place and an Activity
The most important aspect of an outdoor marriage proposal is the location. Natural beauty is of course a must, the more beautiful the location, the better. Choose something that matters for your relationship. The place where you first met-if it is particularly memorable-is often a good choice. Maybe you went on an exciting trip or kissed for the first time at a notable location? These are great options. Another choice might be to plan a trip for somewhere that you have always talked about going together. As with any good marriage proposal, the key is emphasizing your collective relationship. An activity you both enjoy doing or have wanted to do together is also a must. As said earlier, reflect on your relationship and pick something meaningful. The element of surprise can be excellent. Find a way where the proposal can be worked into your activity. Perhaps while hiking you can “find” a special box with a ring or write out “will you marry me?” on the beach. The choices are endless. The best outdoor marriage proposals will blend natural beauty, adventure, nostalgia, and a sense of the future.
Final Things to Consider
Some couples like to have their proposals documented in some way. Whether this is having friends and family see the proposal or using a photographer to document the proposal, it is best to consider this beforehand. If you know photographs will be essential, consider a somewhat public place where a photographer could stand by and wait for a cue to start taking pictures. Similarly, if you want your friends around, it might be best to chose a time when you are all sharing an activity and are in close proximity of each other (be careful about proposing in front of a friends and/or family, that can be incredibly stressful for the one being asked).
Also, because you are dealing with the outdoors, it’s always good to have a back-up proposal plan. If it is raining and you were planning to propose under the stars, it wouldn’t hurt to either have an alternative idea-perhaps bring what you would need to prepare a special romantic dinner in the cabin-for example.
An outdoor marriage proposal is a great way to get your marriage off to an exciting start and offers a great way to put the spotlight on your relationship as a couple. Be adventurous, reflect on what you share as a couple, and start planning that proposal!